Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Quick review: 'Everything Must Go'

Unlike "Hall Pass," this movie I wanted to see and pay for.

"Everything Must Go" stars Will Ferrell as a man who is having possibly the worst day ever. First he gets fired from his high paying job, then his wife leaves him and puts all his stuff outside of their home. You see she also changed the locks and alarm codes.

But, he's not the average kind of guy. He has a drinking problem. And it has plagued him for years. It's also the reason for everything going wrong in his worst day ever.

So in a haze of a Pabst Blue Ribbon binge marathon he decides to live on his front lawn. It's then he meets a new neighbor played by Rebecca Hall and a kid from down the street played by Christopher Jordan Wallace.

Before I get any further I want to say that while Ferrell is great in this movie, Wallace is even better. He plays a kid with an absent mom and no friends. So the two characters sort of strike up a friendship, with Wallace's character helping take care of Ferrell's stuff.

Here's the even cooler thing. Wallace is the son of Faith Evans and rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

The main crux of the story is that in order for his life to go on, he has to get rid of the baggage. Not just personal wise, but all of the junk sitting on the front lawn with him.

Here's the downside. Ferrell's character is drunk for about 90 percent of the movie. It's hard to feel sorry for him. In fact, the only real people you care about are Hall and Wallace's characters. Plus you wonder why they waste so much time dealing with Ferrell's character.

Don't rent this expecting a comedy. There are a few moments of comedy, but this is pure drama. That is not to say that Ferrell isn't good in this, he really is.

The film is adapted and directed by first timer Dan Rush, but you couldn't tell. This film feels and looks like someone has been in the business for quite some time. It's based on a short story by Raymond Carver titled "Why Don't You Dance?" You might remember his material was made into the Robert Altman movie "Short Cuts."

The themes in the film are easily relatable. We don't realize how great our lives were until everything is taken away, how time just passes by so quickly and how we take people for granted everyday.

I would advise watching this if you feeling even the slightest bit down. I was in a funky mood when I watched it and felt a little worse afterward. Nothing against the film, just the themes really hit home.

Guess that means they accomplished their goal, eh?

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