Everything Must Go

Writer-director Dan Rush takes a short story by Raymond Carver and creates a lovely, mournful movie about an alcoholic on a downward spiral. It may be the most expansive treatment a seven-page story has ever received. The story serves as a skeleton upon which Rush drapes a thoughtfully written, fully realized drama. Will Ferrell demonstrates his capability for dramatic acting as Nick, a salesman who is fired for chronic alcoholism and arrives home to find his wife gone, locks changed, and all his possessions — from his ski machine to his father’s LP collection — on the lawn. Camped outside on his recliner and chugging endless Pabst cans, Nick enlists the help of Kenny (Christopher Jordan Wallace), a neglected neighborhood kid, in conducting the yard sale of his life. Although many things happen – Nick teaches Kenny salesmanship and baseball, befriends a pregnant neighbor and reconnects with a high school admirer (Laura Dern) – the film remains quiet and relatively static, staying true to Carver’s brevity and theme of lonely alcoholic desperation.

Credits

Director:

  • Dan Rush

Cast:

  • Rebecca Hall
  • Will Ferrell
  • Michael Peña
  • Laura Dern
  • Stephen Root

Writers:

  • Raymond Carver
  • Dan Rush

Producers:

  • Marty Bowen
  • Wyck Godfrey

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