Tomorrow’s New Film Releases: Highlights
Everything Must Go dir. Dan Rush
Everyone likes to see what happens when comedic actors take on serious roles, and tomorrow we get a chance to see what Will Ferrell can do. I’m excited. Six years ago, Ferrell came the closest to playing a serious role – or, at any rate, a role that was out of character for him – when he starred in Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda. He basically played a version of Woody Allen, and I thought he was great, even though the film is not one of the master’s noted works.
Now, with Everything Must Go, Ferrell plays a character who’s undeniably of a more serious register. The film is based on the short story “Why Don’t You Dance?” by Raymond Carver, who many consider to be one of America’s greatest modern short story writers. The story itself is pretty bleak and depressing, but Dan Rush’s film lightens it up and adds a number of new story elements. Carver’s work proved to be a great source of inspiration for Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, and I’m hoping the same is true of Everything Must Go. In the film Ferrell plays an alcoholic sales guy who is fired from his job and kicked out of his house by his wife; both events take place on the same day. Without any direction, Ferrell decides to sell all of his stuff – on the yard – while simultaneously going on a bender.
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