Everything Must Go

2011

Everything Must Go

Critics Consensus

It may not improve on the Raymond Carver short story that inspired it, but Everything Must Go resists cliche and boasts a pair of magnetic performances from the perfectly cast Ferrell and Wallace.

73%

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53%

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Adapted and directed by Dan Rush, and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, Everything Must Go tells the story of Nick (Will Ferrell) a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line - or more properly, on the lawn - reluctantly holding a yard sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. -- (C) Roadside Attractions

Cast

Will Ferrell
as Nick Porter
Rebecca Hall
as Samantha
Michael Peña
as Frank Garcia
Laura Dern
as Delilah
Todd Bryant
as Driver (Repo Guy)
Steven Scally
as Fisherman
Jason Spisak
as Hipster
Tyler Johnstone
as Big Teenager
Kyle Sharkey
as Lanky Teenager
Scott Takeda
as Bank Manager
Matthew Dearing
as Jacket Buyer
Leeann Dearing
as Girlfriend
Chris Cook
as Samantha's Husband
Lance Gray
as Blender Guy
Narinder Singh
as Liquor Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Everything Must Go

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (36)

  • A well-controlled film with a portrait at its centre that is astonishingly complete.

    Oct 14, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • A pleasing, satisfying chamber-piece.

    Oct 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Like a bad date; it's attractive, clever, but lacks a sense of humour.

    Oct 13, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The unlikely combination of Will Ferrell and author Raymond Carver pays off beautifully.

    May 20, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • I was not waiting for a punch line. I was not primed to laugh. I accepted Ferrell as Nick and, because of that, I was able to enjoy Everything Must Go on its own terms.

    May 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This isn't Ferrell's first dramatic role; he played seriocomic leading men in Stranger Than Fiction and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda. But it's the first one that provides a glimpse at his possible future as a Bill Murray-style character actor.

    May 13, 2011 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Everything Must Go

  • Oct 19, 2013
    Worth a watch, especially if Stranger Than Fiction is your type of Will Ferrell movie.
    Kevin " Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2012
    Anyone that's been reading my reviews for any length of time will be aware of my dislike for the humour of Will Ferrell. Don't get wrong, I've enjoyed some films of his: "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Elf" are a couple but for the most part his humour just doesn't work for me. Thankfully, this is Ferrell minus his funny bone and as he plays it straight, he delivers some impressive work. Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell) is fired from his sales job for his reliance on alcohol. When he returns home, he finds that his wife has left him, locked him out of the house and left all his belongings on the front lawn. He refuses to accept this though and decides to camp out in his chair and drink beer for days on end. As this is not legal, his cop friend and AA sponsor (Michael Peña) suggests that he pretends to be having a yard sale to buy him some time. Not before long, Nick starts to makes friends with the neighbours who help him sell his stuff. The problem with this film isn't Ferrell as I'd expected it to be. The problem with this film is that the material doesn't stretch far enough. It's based on the short story "Why Don't You Dance?" by Raymond Carver who was responsible for the serious of vignettes that made up Robert Altman's magnificent film "Short Cuts". Where Altman got it right though, was in keeping all the segments little tales of their own and never fleshed them out too far. This had been a short story for a reason; there just isn't enough material to cover the ground of a 90 minute feature - and it's shows. Despite a series of very good moments and the struggle and believable, emotional downfall of the protagonist, it has a series of lulls which just felt like padding. As a result the dramatic weight is lessened and your concentration begins to waver. That being said, there is still plenty to admire here and that mainly comes in the form of Ferrell, who flexes his acting chops in a more serious role than audiences will be used to. I'm not normally a fan of his brand of comedy but as a dramatic actor he's actually quite good. Unfortunately, for him though, the whole film rests on his shoulders; most of the other characters are secondary with Laura Dern, particularly wasted, in a thankless bit-part. However, the theme of a downward spiralling individual forced to confront his past - and his addictive problems - is reflected well, in the coveting of material objects and their relevance to a person as a whole. More of a tragi-comedy with the emphasis on the former. It has serious moments of lethargy but worth watching for it's metaphoric approach to life and to see Ferrell command the screen with depth, in a rare dramatic role.
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2012
    Don't expect to laugh. Not your typical Will Ferrell movie. Worth a watch, but nothing too memorable going on here.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2012
    a by-the-numbers "guy picks up the pieces of his broken life" dramedy. You've seen it before, and I think it starred Luke Wilson the last time. Nick wakes up drunk in his own lawn with sprinklers shooting him in the face. By the end he symbolically lets go of everything and starts anew, yawn. BUT, there is enough generic, heartwarming shenanigans going on to keep your butt in a seat. And seeing Will Ferrell play something approximating a "normal" human being is somewhat refreshing. Be sure to keep on the lookout for the "hollywood" garage sale scene in which actors try to generally approximate what it's like to the be a person shopping at a garage sale.
    Brett W Super Reviewer

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