EVERYTHING MUST GO
When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Everything Must Go is a film that was directed and written by Dan Rush and therein lies the problem. It stars Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Pena and Laura Dern. The story here is of a man, that loses his job and his wife in the same day; it turns out he’s an alcoholic and his wife leaves all his stuff on the lawn and what is he going to do? Will Ferrell, is a gifted comedian but I’m not sure he’s a very good actor to be quite honest and this really requires something that I think he just doesn’t bring to the party. He’s certainly charismatic. You can’t take your eyes off of him. But does he make this work; not at all. I think the problem is not so much the cast — and we’ve seen other comedians who try and become actors and some successfully and some not successfully and I think none of us begrudge them that attempt but this — I mean the problem is the material as much as anything. It’s too long, it’s too plodding. You actually don’t care about him for a very long time. And it really just doesn’t make any sense. It takes on a serious issue which is what happens when alcoholics don’t stop drinking, but does it really — does it warrant you actually going and spending your time, I don’t think so. One star.