DVD Review - Everything Must Go
Ferrell is certainly more dramatic here than in most of his movies. He does infuse a tad bit of humor, which keeps things interesting. Unfortunately, this movie really doesn't have anywhere to go. Nothing is really learned or there isn't that much of a journey. Literally, Ferrell sits in a recliner on a lawn for most of this movie. Clearly, it's not exciting.
Based on a short story by Raymond Carver, written and directed by Dan Rush, Ferrell is given things to help pass the time, but nothing with real dramatic weight. The closest is a trip he makes to visit an old high school classmate, played briefly by Laura Dern (Rambling Rose and Jurassic Park), but it goes nowhere and is never mentioned again.
If this was supposed to be a struggle internally, it's one I never really felt. The filmmaker never shows us Nick's wife. We briefly hear from her, but pretty much all contact was cut off. There was no real understanding of what he did. Her actions seem a contrived overreaction. A conversation between Nick and his wife would have helped wonders. Without it, the whole time, I felt this disconnect from the movie.
Two Stars out of Five.
Rated R for language and some sexual content.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 37 mins.