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- Story -
The movie starts with Nick Halsey losing his job after falling off the wagon as an alcoholic recently and when he returns home, he discovers his wife has kicked him out of the house and all his possessions lie on the lawn outside. He feels quite defeated after unsuccessfuly attempting to get inside and decides to take up residence on said lawn, until the cops get involved after he's seen drinking alcohol (apparently its not legal to drink on his own front lawn(!)). A friend of his in the police department recommends he tries to put on a yard sale so it looks legitimate having everything there, although he doesn't feel too motivated, until a young local neighbour inadvertently gets involved and friendships may blossom. Where will this lead and will he learn to move on and find himself? watch the movie and find out (perhaps).
- Thoughts and Opinions -
*Note there is a hint or two about the direction the movie plot line takes, so if you'd rather not know then perhaps skip this section, just to be on the safe side - thanks*
This is quite a dark and solemn movie for the most part. I found it at times hard to feel much remorse for the main character, someone who seems quite lost and self absorbed. At times the dialogue is somewhat poignant, other times it seemed slow and rather bland...the movie, much like Nick, seemed to rather lack direction for the majority of the way through and if your someone who relies on plot twists and action to keep you watching, then you'll find this both boring and slow, so not really worth bothering with I'd say.
I didn't feel this movie really made any new ground in terms of the messages contained within it - at times it felt a bit cheesy, when things started to pick up a bit and the light and optimistic background music or muzak suddenly kicks in and Nick interacts with people. I liked another of Will Ferell's more serious style movies, called Stranger Than Fiction - in my opinion, that movie is much better than this, this is rather middle of the road, if not rather disappointing. The way the roles change between the few who show an interest in Nick and help guide him, to him advising them, it came off as quite cheesy, there's just something about it I didn't entirely buy. Its rather slow paced and dreary in parts and when it lightens up, it feels too 'Hollywood' for my liking, so I really don't feel I can say much good about it, although I don't like to ordinarily totally write off a movie.
I think some people may enjoy it for the more positive messages that come out of it toward the end - I'm thinking that a somewhat similar movie in terms of the community coming together and supporting the loner type character would be the comedy drama 'You Me and Dupree', which I'm also quite keen on but I'd definitely rather watch that than this.
The relationship between Nick and Samantha was one of the sticking points for me - it didn't seem entirely likely or plausible to me somehow and had me thinking oh brother(!). It was all just a bit too obvious somehow, I suppose. I do feel maybe im being a bit harsh on it and there may well be people who find it deep and endearing but I can only share my own thoughts here and personally, I didn't feel it came off great to me. I think Nicks character development just wasn't thorough or established enough for the viewer to feel invested properly enough in him, to be too bothered about the final outcome - I was rather indifferent about it, as you can probably tell and found it hard to feel too sorry for him. Maybe im too harsh but thats how I felt.
Content wise, there's some strong language and a sexually suggestive scene but nothing else likely to offend.
- Would I Recommend It? -
No, personally I can't recommend this movie. It felt cheesy in parts and too dreary in others and certainly didn't seem to break any new ground at all, it really wasn't very memorable and overall I found it to be rather bland and disappointing. If you'd like to see Will tackle a serious (non-comedic) role, I'd recommend checking out a movie called Stranger Than Fiction, or if you like movies about a local community coming together to help the down and out guy (which seems to be the main theme here), then I'd recommend watching You, Me & Dupree over this movie, which is much funnier and works better, in my humble opinion.
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**This is a film only review**
We watched this film recently as part of our LoveFilm subscription. I was drawn to it because Will Ferrell is in it, and thought it would be a reasonably lighthearted comedy. The film is directed by Dan Rush, and was first released in 2010.
The plot of the film revolves very heavily around the main character, Nick (Will Ferrell). He is a recovering alcoholic, and has a very bad day when he loses his job and gets home to discover his wife has also left him. He basically starts living on his own front lawn, with all his belongings having been turfed out by his wife, and the film follows the story of him trying to sell off some of his old junk, more for a new start than for the cash.
I thought the film was very well acted. Although it is billed as a comedy, it's actually quite a serious and mildly depressing film, and I don't remember laughing much. It's quite nice to see Will Ferrell playing a serious role, and although I thought I'd find it hard to believe his character, he was very convincing.
The other characters weren't particularly significant in this film, as it revolved so heavily around Will Ferrell, but the characters worth noting are the child he befriends, Kenny, played by Christopher Jordan Wallace, and his new neighbour Samantha (Rebecca Hall). I thought Rebecca Hall's acting was good, but her character was a bit weak and unbelievable.
I think this film is more about detail than plot. You know the Del Amitri song with the chorus "Nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all", well that should be the soundtrack to this film. After watching it, my partner and I looked at one another and were a bit bemused. Nothing of interest or significance actually happens in this film, you're basically watching a man living on his lawn for a few days.
The main character isn't particularly likeable, by that I mean I didn't dislike him or anything, but I didn't really feel sorry for him either. I think this is what made the film a bit pointless for me, as I wasn't overly bothered about the outcome.
The plot is very strangely written, with some odd encounters which amount to nothing and you're left wondering if the person who wrote the plot maybe gave up half way through and the script was taken over by someone else who didn't know where the story was heading. I wouldn't even say there are twists and turns in the storyline, just gaps and unfinished business.
That said, it's not an unenjoyable film. There are some good insights into the main character which ring true in terms of many peoples insecurities and fears. It's a film which is very easy to watch, and may get you thinking about your life and circumstances, but it's not one for action-lovers. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this film, but if you get chance to watch it for free, I wouldn't dismiss it either.
(This review is also published on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I'm a huge Will Ferrell fan, initially attracted by his goofy films I soon sought out everything he made and have to admit that he does have some fairly serious roles such as in Melissa and Melissa or Stranger than Fiction and he's pretty convincing in them, even though most viewers would rather watch him in a his stereotypical silly roles.
Everything Must Go is a film fitting in to the serious category, the tale of an alcoholic that falls off the wagon, losing his job and wife in the process. His wife has turfed out all of his belongings on to the lawn and locked him out of the house, as he has no where to go, he decides to live on his lawn, spending his last remaining money on beer. It's pretty much a one man show and this only adds to the loneliness of the film, it has a few funny moments revolving around his eccentric behaviour and drunk rants but generally speaking it's pretty sad and serious.
I did think that the little chubby kid, played by Christopher J Wallace had a certain charm and worked pretty well at being the annoyance that wouldn't go away and eventually becomes friends with Nick Halsey. Rebecca Hall serves as a bit of totty living on the same street and someone to motivate the main character to change his boozy ways, unfortunately she serves little purpose though, like the rest of the poorly developed characters on the street.
I wouldn't say I disliked the film but when I compare it to other Will Ferrell films then I would say it doesn't fare to well, it is certainly not a belly full of laughs and it doesn't really serve any other purpose either.
Star - Will Ferrell
Cert - 15
Run Time - 97 minutes
Genre - Comedy
Country - America
Big news folks! Will Ferrell did not top the Forbes List for the 'Most Overpriced Movie Star' this year. He has been top for the previous two years but has fallen to third behind perennial entrant Eddie Murphy and new champion Drew Barrymore. There seems to be no way back for Murphy and so his silver medal expected, Barrymore just a chick lit hoar and so a worthy winner. But why Ferrell is there is a mystery to me. How can you not love the movie 'Elf' at Christmas!
Everything Must Go, of course, is why I'm waffling on about him, a film dromedy based on 'Why Don't You Dance', a Raymond Carver book. But, like most of Ferrell's movies, this lost money; one zap of the Ferrell wand and the $5 million budget turned it into a $2 million loss as it quickly headed off to DVD, where most people think Ferrell's movies should stay and made for. I, on the other hand, can't get enough of him and a huge fan and watch everything he does, that deadpan delivery not as simple as it's made out. He is a genuinely funny chap and I won't hear a word against him. But Will carries that monkey on the back of twice topping that list and so has mixed up his movie cannon of late with more serious film projects, this one very firmly in the 'Stranger than Fiction' camp. The critics really liked that one and this gets favorable ratings too from the broadsheet and movie press, playing it straight to gentle comic effect also in his talent spectrum. Whether that is enough to get you guys to watch this is debatable.
Will Ferrell ... Nick Halsey
Christopher Jordan Wallace ... Kenny Loftus
Rebecca Hall ... Samantha
Michael Peña ... Frank Garcia
Rosalie Michaels ... Kitty
Stephen Root ... Elliot
Laura Dern ... Delilah
Glenn Howerton ... Gary
It's a very bad day for Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), fired from his sales job and now locked out of his house by the misses, both fed up of his drinking, his latest relapse seeing him face a sexual assault charge at work and letting his relationship go down the pan. Nick had been taking everything for granted of late and so his downfall inevitable.
With his half of the contents of his house on the lawn and the door firmly bolted he sits down on his favorite chair on that front lawn and cracks a beer, what to do next low on the 'current things to do' list. Nick has reached the end of his suburban life it seems and completely lost.
After being asked to move on from his own lawn by the cops as night falls he explains his situation and avoids arrest by asking for Detective Garcia (Michael Peña) to come down. Garcia is his sponsor at AA meetings and gives him time to sort his domestic situation out, a bye-law meaning he can stay on his lawn for three days if he holds a yard sale, the subterfuge to explain the clutter and his presence there, Nick bedding in for the night on his favorite chair.
Woken by the sprinklers, Nick enlists the help of a local, Kenny Loftus (Christopher Jordan Wallace), a chubby little black kid who is also at a loose end with what to do with his evenings and weekends in their boring non-descript California neighborhood, the silence only broken by the hum of those sprinklers that keep those pristine lawns green in the constant warm sunshine.
With no access to his wife's joint account and his company car repossessed on the same weekend the yard sale is the only way to raise money to buy more booze, Nick's only priority right now. But will Nick bother to find a way out of his predicament and mend his life once and for all, the nostalgia sale of his life laid out on his front lawn sure to teach him lessons of his past mistakes as he sells them one-by-one, the same lawn soon to be the other halves as the divorce papers arrive, only sexy neighbor Samantha (Rebecca Hall) having any sympathy for him with regular coffee and sandwiches.
This is not your typical Ferrell film and so forget his deadpan signature humor and oddball charm, why Elf is so good, even though he is deadpan throughout this. No, this is Will Ferrell showing us his serious acting chops and to be fair he does ok, although not quite as good as he was in the rather excellent Stranger then Fiction alongside the deliciously talented Emma Thompson for support.
There are moments of humor mixed in with the pathos of the piece here and not a bad little film because of, as aimed at the middle-aged as you can get on film. It's the movie I wanted American Beauty to be (God that's over-rated!) and I totally got it. I suspect American Beauty fans won't get this one though.
Yes it does drift along serenely to its folksy soundtrack in the midday California sun like a lonely tumbleweed in the desert and has no real message. But it has a good heart and is statement enough on the mid-life crisis, a film for women as well as men, and reflects on how having it all is often just living a lie to please each other. Ferrell makes the point that by having kid's couple's padlock themselves to each other and so neither can escape the drudgery, but doing that so they feel safe in the routine of that drudgery. It is familiar themes for American indie film but fresh all the same.
The distraction of the attractive Rebecca Hall character is just that and there for eye candy reasons only, the biggest fault of the movie, be it only a small one. This should have been a solely guy's movie to maintain more of its integrity and you do feel the script could have been beefed up some to reflect that constant erosion of the male masculinity when the commit of marriage is agreed, that same masculinity what women are attracted to.
It's an intelligent enough effort to keep the movie firmly in the smart category and not something you can normally say about Ferrell movies. On the whole, though, this should keep his fans happy and the rest will have to make their own minds up on the most marmite of film stars trying something different, for me a big a star because he will try something different, this a solid collaboration between Ferrell and debut director Dan Rush.
Imdb.com - 6.5 / 10 (9,452 votes)
Metacritic.com - 65% critics approval rating
Rottentomatos.com - 74% critics approval rating
NY Times - "Rush extrapolates a narrative that is less jarring and more familiar than anything in Carver, but nonetheless true to the writer's tough, compassionate and intimately knowing apprehension of masculine defeat"
Seattle Messenger -"Like a bad date; it's attractive, clever, but lacks a sense of humor".
The Washington Times - "The individual performances are solid and Ferrell clearly has dramatic chops. Somehow, though, it turns out to be less than the sum of its parts".
Reel. Com -"Ferrell is far more impressive in a straighter role ... as he controls his own brand of zaniness and channels it as bittersweet irony and humor into ordinary events"
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