Review: Everything Must Go
But don't expect it to go quickly.
Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell) is an alcoholic. In one day he loses his job and goes home to find all of his belongings out on his front lawn, his locks changed, and his wife gone. He doesn't want to leave, but he can't seem to give up his drinking habit. The local detective, who is also his AA sponsor suggests he have a rummage sale so that he can stay on his lawn for a few more days until he gets everything together. He enlists the help of a lonely neighbor boy, Kenny (CJ Wallace, Notorious B.I.G's son) and tries to get to know his new neighbor, Samantha. (Rebecca Hall)
Everything Must Go has an interesting story, but it moves at a snail's pace. It was originally adapted from a short story and I think that hurt it in the long run. Short stories make good short movies, but when you try to stretch them out into feature length you run into long periods of time with the characters doing nothing. There's tons of shots of Nick moving things around his lawn and sitting in his chair drinking beer that felt unnecessary.
Acting wise Ferrell, Hall and Wallace give solid performances. I've always enjoyed Ferrell taking on the occasional dramatic role. Even though this is billed as a comedy it's tamer than what were used to for Farrell. It's a shame that good performance have to suffer from horrible pacing.
Memorable Quote: "Yeah, you probably shouldn't use that one anymore." - Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell)