Everything Must Go has a toned down, sensible performance from Will Ferrell, which fans of the eccentric comedian may find disappointing. Compared to Will Ferrell’s typical crude, outrageous and seam-splitting comedy films, like Anchorman and A Night At The Roxbury, Everything Must Go uses dark humour and cynical wordplay to get the audience laughing. It is certainly not a film which will have you in stitches, but the odd witty remark or clever reference will have you smiling at least. The film, directed by Dan Rush, sees Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), a high flying businessman, go from being a well paid executive, to being homeless and penniless in the same day. The film is based on Raymond Carver’s short story, Why Don’t You Dance. Nick loses his job, due to his alcohol addiction which he claims ‘is under control. I swear’. After a rude dismissal by a snobby younger manager, Nick goes home to find that his wife has left him, having changed the locks on the house, left his possessions scattered on the front garden and, to top it all off, she’s even blocked him from their joint credit card account. He’s in a right pickle. We instantly feel sympathy towards Nick, who despite having thousands of dollars in the bank and owning an impressive house with a pool, is left abandoned and helpless on his front porch. His friend, Frank, who also happens to be a policeman, warns him that he only has a few days in the yard before he has to move on, so he suggests Nick sells his stuff. Salvation comes in the form of his pregnant neighbour Samantha (Rebecca Hall), who is having boyfriend troubles herself, and a local boy aged around 14. Slightly overweight Kenny (Christopher Jordan Wallace) is constantly riding his bike because ‘my Mum says I could do with the exercise’. Just like Nick, young Kenny is also alone and looking for a friend. A strange relationship forms when the pair decide to work together to sell Nick’s belongings in a yard sale. The film is too predictable, especially a cheesy music medley where the pair work together and sell almost all of Nick’s items. Will Ferrell, who is a creative comedian, seems to be stuck with half funny lines which don’t suit him. Finally, the bitter-sweet conclusion to the film isn’t a typical happy ending, but problems are resolved and friends are made.
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