Everything Must Go

(2011)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Review: Everything Must Go

Transcript for Review: Everything Must Go

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
That’s a scene from "Everything Must Go," starring Will Ferrell in a rare dramatic role as a man whose life is falling apart.His character, Nick, is already struggling with alcoholism. But on the same day he gets fired from his job as a salesman, he comes home to find his wife has left him, changed all the locks and dumped his things in the front yard.

/clip 1 -- Can I help you out

That's Christopher Jordan Wallace, son of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., as a neighborhood kid who becomes Nick’s unlikely ally. Nick spends his days drinking beer and rearranging the furniture on the lawn. But since people are offering to buy his stuff anyway, he decides to have a yard sale.

/clip 2 -- Minimum wage

Ferrell is great in it; likable as he is as a comedian, his humor often comes from a weird and off-kilter place. So when he's called upon to plumb those instincts even deeper, he does it quite movingly. Thumbs up from me.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Well, you talked about Ferrell I'd actually like to single out Rebecca Hall, who plays the neighbor across the street.

CHRISTY:
She's great too.

IGNATIY:
She's really good, she plays his, uh, his new neighbor, who’s pregnant, we never see her husband, well, we only see him

CHRISTY:
From the back barely

IGNATIY:
Yeah, barely when he arrives, much like we never actually see Will Ferrel's wife. I feel like the movie is more about the relationship between the two of them than it is about kind of the relationship that Ferrell, uh, develops with Wallace's character.

CHRISTY:
Well I think both characters, yeah, both characters change Nick, I think, in both subtle and very different ways.

IGNATIY:
That's true and also Laura Dern.

CHRISTY:
Yeah.

IGNATIY:
Who pops up in a really great about ten minute chunk of this movie and she's a great actress, but she, there's a great awkward but friendly kind of chemistry that she has between herself and Will Ferrell.

CHRISTY:
And that scene's a great reflection of just how depressed he is and how lonely he is, he's reaching out to the random high school friend.

IGNATIY:
It is all about these small interactions between these characters and that’s what I really like about it

CHRISTY:
Right, it's never mawkish and it gets like the small details of alcoholism really right just in terms of how he feels when he wakes up first thing in the morning and maybe its a little bit of an obvious metaphor that like the sprinklers wake him up cause he's on his lounge chair in the front yard, but um, that would happen if your asleep on your lawn.