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Everything Must Go

Published November 20, 2011

Everything Must Go

Film info

  • Title Everything Must Go
  • Director Dan Rush
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 1hr 37m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Tagline Lost is a good place to find yourself

Everything Must Go tells the story of Nick Porter a man who sells salesmanship for a living, but the days of being on top of his game are long gone. After delivering an inspiring presentation to his sales staff, Nick is fired for falling off the wagon one last time. He returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line, or more accurately, on the lawn.

Background Info

Hadn’t heard of this one before but it appeared somewhere on the iTunes film homepage and we watched the trailer. We were a little apprehensive, it looked like the kind of film that is moody and introspective and you’ll either love it or hate it.

Live Blog

TimeComment

0:25 - How does a piece of paper work? 2:51 - Swiss army knives baffle me. Who actually needs that many gidgets? 4:42 - Uh oh, another film based on a short story. Will they run out of story half way through? 7:27 - It’s completely unfair to kick someone out with no warning. Doesn’t she care where he sleeps or anything? 9:58 - I was just about to say, how is he going to shower, but I think that problem is solved. 14:28 - Is this one of those films where bad things just keep piling on top of him? 20:08 - “Code 4 for now,” the policeman says into his radio. What is Code 4, I wonder? 24:26 - It’s an interesting alarm clock, I must say. 26:44 - Why is it against the law to live on your front lawn? 34:06 - It would be so weird to have a dad as ye olde DJ. 36:03 - “We don’t have kids, we have fish.” 41:50 - Wooo, beer fridge! 45:16 - The neighbour was almost on first. 48:53 - I wonder if we’ll ever see the wife. 53:00 - Is he a vampire? He doesn’t seem able to set foot inside any houses. 1:03:49 - He might have hit a nerve there. 1:07:54 - The kid is good at what he does. 1:09:22 - He seems to be underpricing a lot of stuff… and playing cards. 1:14:12 - Yellow makes people anxious. SEE? 1:17:48 - Ohhhh, boo. 1:21:15 - She wants to keep it amicable? After forcing him to become a tramp!? 1:23:18 - Not a vampire then. 1:25:43 - I thought they would have made more of the baseball thing. 1:29:34 - And it all ended with a polaroid.

Conclusions

In the end, I quite liked it. Ferrell was very good, combining the nice personality that will keep you sympathising with the troubled thoughts of an alcoholic. My main problem with the film just stems from the very premise of being locked out of your house - particularly when she wasn’t even in there. I just can’t get my head round it. Throwing someone out is one thing. Locking them out of their own life for five days with no word is something completely different. Still, the kid was really cute and I liked the story.

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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