Roadside Attractions | Release Date: May 13, 2011
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HudlimJan 10, 2012
Not really a good movie. And they could have used a different actor. Everyone is used to Will Farrell playing in comedies but this story is just sad. When i watched did not know its a drama so i was kind of waiting for something funny toNot really a good movie. And they could have used a different actor. Everyone is used to Will Farrell playing in comedies but this story is just sad. When i watched did not know its a drama so i was kind of waiting for something funny to happen and started thinking that just not getting the jokes but reality was: there are no jokes. Keep to the comedy Will. Expand
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txrangersfan72Jun 9, 2012
Comedy is hard. The hardest, so I hear. When you are at the top of your game as a comedian, you should be able to act. So when comedians like Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler and, in this case, Will Ferrell, attempt drama, assuming the script isComedy is hard. The hardest, so I hear. When you are at the top of your game as a comedian, you should be able to act. So when comedians like Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler and, in this case, Will Ferrell, attempt drama, assuming the script is right, it should work, but it doesn't always turn out that way. While the script to "Everything Must Go" isn't perfect, Will's performance is darn close. He doesn't, at any point, try to morph into the Will we have come to know in his comedic roles. The story is sad, depressing and real. And Will plays the role perfectly. I feel his sadness, depression, progression through the stages he's moving through as a result of enduring a lot in such a short time. For a many who can command so much in his film roles, I truly hope he does more low-budget, well-written roles like this. He's worth it. Expand
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HalfwelshmanAug 31, 2012
There's no possibility that this film will be as effective and impactful in ten years or so, it's Everything Must Go's current relevance and immediate dramatic potential in the present economically uncertain world that makes it work so well.There's no possibility that this film will be as effective and impactful in ten years or so, it's Everything Must Go's current relevance and immediate dramatic potential in the present economically uncertain world that makes it work so well. The plot structure has been seen many times before, and you can see the plot twists coming a mile off, but almost everything is done exceptionally. Performances are great across the board, with Will Ferrell proving he has the talent for comedy, tragedy and the in-between. Rebecca Hall is good as always, but everyone is put to shame by the young Christopher C.J. Wallace, who has great chemistry with Ferrell, and who is a real talent to watch in the future. Everything Must Go is expertly crafted, funny and engaging, wearing its old-fashionedness as a badge of honour and using it to its maximum potential as an archaic but symbolically effective modern take on a New Deal-era film. The way it promotes A Christmas Carol-worthy redemptive story arc and throws in some strong themes including depression, alcoholism and the evils of capitalism, it feels like a Frank Capra film for the modern era, and for that reason it's a joy to watch. Expand
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JollyG87Dec 13, 2011
"Everything Must Go" has two things going for it that really make it a worthwhile movie experience. First, Will Ferrell gives the best performance of his career. Here, he doesn't rely on his trademark shouting or his random one liners to"Everything Must Go" has two things going for it that really make it a worthwhile movie experience. First, Will Ferrell gives the best performance of his career. Here, he doesn't rely on his trademark shouting or his random one liners to captivate us. Instead, he delivers a very low-key nuanced performance that gets us to care about his character's situation. Second, the script by Dan Rush is wonderfully honest. It carries the film along at a nice steady pace and every moment rings true. There's no manipulation here. Rush also does a nice job of keeping this seemingly simple premise interesting. He's able to pull back the layers of Ferrell's character and give us details about his situation at just the right time. Now we've seen elements of Ferrell's character in other movies. Because of this, "Everything Must Go" isn't the most engrossing of character studies. But Ferrell plays it so well that you can't help but get involved in his situation. If you're strictly a fan of Ferrell's comedies, avoid this one. But if you're a fan of Ferrell as an actor, you can't miss this. Ferrell proves that he's more than just a comedic actor. He can handle drama just as well and deliver something special. Expand
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Machine2musicMay 21, 2012
This is the definition of an indie movie. Awkward yet still good. Good acting, not a horrible story. Not exactly funny yet not exactly a complete drama. Definitely have to see it yourself to get a good opinion of it.
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JTKelleyAug 10, 2012
Arguably one of the most underrated films of the year, as Dan Rush's adaptation of the Raymond Carter short story is nothing short of absolute genius. Meanwhile, Will Ferrell seems to relish the opportunity to flex his acting muscles here,Arguably one of the most underrated films of the year, as Dan Rush's adaptation of the Raymond Carter short story is nothing short of absolute genius. Meanwhile, Will Ferrell seems to relish the opportunity to flex his acting muscles here, as he delivers a powerful performance. Expand
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StaticSpineAug 1, 2013
This movie was a free bonus for our new TV, so we gave it a try. The story is pretty generic and the twists are expectable, but still some moments are pretty touching. Overall a decent movie for one watch.
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FilmVirtueMar 12, 2014
Will's more dramatic acting shows in "Everything Must Go" and like most of his acting, you can believe it. Just like you can believe this film. A good drama. I might just say, and essence of perfection.
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