2 out of 5 stars
Everything Must Go
Will Ferrell plays Nick Halsey, a sales rep who has problems with alcohol but has been clean for awhile until a recent business trip causes him to relapse. His relapse loses him his job and forces his wife to walk out on him. She moves all of his stuff onto their lawn and leaves. Nick decides after putting it off for a day to host a lawn sale, and what follows is journey into his soul, his life, and the things he has done and is still doing.
Before renting Everything must go, I had been looking forward to it coming out for some time. I figured it would be Will Ferrell’s second attempt at a serious roll. The first being Stranger than fiction, which was really well done and quite good. However, as soon as the movie began it just wasn’t working. His roll of Nick Halsey, had to many elements of other comedy characters he has played in the past which made it almost impossible for me not to laugh. Every time he would make a facial expression or say a line similar to that of one of his famous comedy’s I would chuckle. Perhaps that’s no fault of his own but Nick Halsey just seemed to laughable as a real character, Ive never heard of anyone living on their lawn while hosting a multi day lawn sale.
As mentioned above the plot really wasn’t working for me. Not only did it not seem real especially because its a lawn sale in suburbia, but none of it seemed plausible. The whole basis for the movie didn’t seem real. I don’t think anyone could “find” themselves while getting drunk and having a lawn sale.
I couldn’t find much that I liked about the movie at all. I had high hopes, and I had read some ok reviews, but once i saw the movie I was severely disappointed. The only real reason to watch the movie is to see Will Ferrell attempt another serious role, and while he failed, at least hes trying so you can give him some credit. In serious roles Will Ferrell is now 1-1 on my scorecard, and perhaps that’s how he should leave and go back to his uber successful comedy’s. All in all I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
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- Old School
- Stranger than Fiction
- 30 Rock