Everything Must Go Reviews

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  • T. Hunt 1 year ago
    172 of 185 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    “I’m no different than any of you. I just don’t hide in my house.”, October 9, 2011
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    T. Hunt (Billings, MT USA) –
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    This review is from: Everything Must Go (DVD)
    Everything Must Go is a 2011 comedy-drama directed by Dan Rush.

    Nick Halsey, played by Will Ferrell, comes home after being fired from his job to find that his wife has left him and placed all of his belongings on their front lawn. She’s changed the locks, vacated the home, and has frozen his access to their bank account. With no car and no money, Nick opts to live with his belongings in the yard. The film follows his interactions with new friends and neighbors as he works his way through life as rock-bottom alcoholic.

    I’m not a fan of Will Ferrell. I’ve seen a handful of his films and have chuckled here and there, but I’m not really into his style of humor. I’ve incrementally moved further away from him with every comedy he’s made because of the repetition. It’s disappointing to watch actors get locked into tried-and-true roles and I think Ferrell has most definitely bowed to these demons. So, when I heard he went after a project like this, I had to support the effort. It’s exciting to watch funny folk swim to the deeper end of the pool and I think he performed wonderfully.

    I’ve read through most of the negative reviews garnered by this film and I suspect most people are upset that the Will Ferrell they’re used to didn’t show up for Everything Must Go. Which is sad but not surprising. I think he’s amassed a fan base that doesn’t particularly care for nor desire any growth in this actor. He’s the funny man. Funny man need only be funny.

    Everything Must Go isn’t funny but there is humor, albeit a bit darker than his followers were likely prepared for. I don’t think this movie is genius but it is a bit cunning and that’s enough for me. The acting was precise and my mood shifted softly along here and there when and where intended. I’m glad I got involved.

    I have in my library a small stack of films set aside as a homage to comedians that tried something different and won. People like Jim Carrey in, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, Adam Sandler in, “Punch Drunk Love”, and especially Marlon Wayans in, “Requiem for a Dream”. Will Ferrell’s, “Everything Must Go” should fit right in, here.

    Thanks for your time.

    – t

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  • musician reviews 1 year ago
    68 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    great movie, September 7, 2011
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    This review is from: Everything Must Go (Amazon Video)
    I have seen this movie voted down for lack of comedic value. I would rate those users down for offering up an opinion on a movie for which they failed to read the advertised description.

    This movie has substance. It was well-written, well-directed and well-produced. It was a very worthwhile use of my time. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes funny… but always very real. I never heard of this movie before I saw the trailer tacked to some video on youtube. It deserves more press because it represents a common but often overlooked life experience. Well-meaning individuals who constantly struggle to avoid drowning in their own vices and waking up in vulnerable situations with no alibi, will find something encouraging in this movie. I liked that this movie was less formulaic and more realistic than most Hollywood fare. Will Farrell is a perfectly capable actor who doesn’t seem the least bit constrained by typecasting.

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  • P David 1 year ago
    50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An outstanding treatise on life!!!, November 11, 2011
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    P David (Salt Lake City, Utah) –

    This review is from: Everything Must Go (Amazon Video)
    FIRST: If you want Saturday Night Live or Buddy the Elf, go somewhere else.
    SECOND: If you appreciate good acting in a well written script telling a compelling human life drama, then this is for you.

    I am being as straightforward as possible in the above summation. Will Ferrell proves his acting ability in this excellent film. This is not a comedy although, like life, it has its comedic moments. This is a story of hitting rock bottom, then starting to make a recovery. There is no Jimmy Stewart-esque happy ending, just as that does not occur in real life. Instead, the story of a man and his weaknesses is told through the the unblinking eyes of the world created by his indiscretions. There is the hint of the start of redemption, but, as in real life, that redemption does not occur in the final 10 minutes. I was very impressed with the subtlety of Will Ferrell’s acting, and have to say that this is truly a very good film. Again, if you are expecting broad comedy, don’t look twice at this. On the other hand, if you like good films, then definitely take a look at this grossly under-rated gem.

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