*Hidden Gem* Everything Must Go
As we all know some of the greatest movies never really get the recognition they deserve just because…we don’t take the time out to notice them. This qualifies for most indie films, or badly advertised films. And I want to help set the record straight which is why I’ve decided to do a ‘Hidden Gem’ and ‘Throwback’ theme. Just because maybe you overlooked a possibly great movie or you forgot about one altogether. And come on, who doesn’t love that feel of nostalgia with the throwback movie? So I hope you enjoy these segments. They’ll pop up randomly from time to time when I don’t feel like reviewing something fresh to the big screen.
Let’s start with ‘Everything Must Go’ starring Will Ferrell (The Campaign, The Other Guys, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy). For this comedic funnyman alone I wanted to see this film. But please do not go into this movie expecting Will Ferrell’s ridiculous, goofy comedy that we’ve come to love him for. Although Everything Must Go is a comedy it is more so a drama and the few amounts of humor you’ll find are more subtle than what you’d usually expect from Will.
Will Ferrell play’s Nick Halsey a recovering alcoholic who finds himself sacked after falling off the wagon. Going back to the comfort of the bottle he heads home only to find all his possessions sitting out on the front yard, all the locks changed and his wife gone. She also freezes their bank accounts and the company that he was fired from takes back their company car so he’s pretty much got nowhere to go and no money. He sets up camp outside his house where eventually he garners the attention from his neighbors including the new neighbor Samantha played by Rebecca Hall (The Awakening, Frost/Nixon, A Promise) and the young boy from up the street, Kenny Loftus played by Christopher Jordan Wallace (Notorious).
With nothing else better to do and with the increasing complaints about a guy whose living on his lawn Nick goes with the only idea he has. Have a huge garage sale for all of his stuff.
I’ve watched this movie hundreds of times especially on my bad days because I truly love the message it gives: No matter how far down you are now the only place you can go…is up. And I’ve always adored funny men who can break from their usual bouts of humor and play a more serious role i.e. Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Steve Carell, Robin Williams. Will was great in this and I loved him even more after seeing this movie. He also had great chemistry to work from with Rebecca Hall. Their weird and uncertain relationship reminds us that help and friendship can come from anywhere and anyone. Like from the lonely kid who spends his day riding his bike up and down the street or from an old friend from high school that you haven’t seen in years.
The storyline is an interesting one and really keeps your attention such as the deed that got Nick fired and the discovery of where his wife has been hiding out all this time. The only bad thing I have to say about this movie is the ending. Which is very quick and doesn’t seem that well thought out. Like they just ran out of film and instead of getting more they decided the movie should just end there. Because of that I felt like I had more questions than answers by the time the credits rolled. Oh well.
Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie a 75% fresh.
Rated R for language and sexual content.
Besides the ending everything else is great. Everything Must Go came out back in 2010 and it’s pretty hard to come across now but if you ever do see it, please give it a try. It’s one of those type of feel good movies that make you smile after a really rough day. And don’t you just love that?