May 29, 2017

First Look: Will Ferrell holds massive garage sale in “Everything Must Go”

By Sean O’Connell We reported a few weeks ago that Will Ferrell was bringing a serious drama, “Everything Must Go,” to the Toronto International Film Festival in September. He mentioned it on the “Charlie Rose Show” while promoting “The Other Guys,” and admitted to the talk-show host that this would be a complete departure for him as an actor.

Now we’re starting to see what the other side of funnyman Ferrell looks like.

The first images of Ferrell’s latest drama have surfaced over at In the film, the “Saturday Night Live” alum plays Nick Porter, a happily married motivational speaker who comes home one day to find his wife (Rebecca Hall) has left him and changed the locks on their home. Inspired to make drastic changes, Porter conducts an increasingly bizarre garage sale on his front lawn, putting his possessions – and his stagnant life – on the line.

“Everything Must Go” marks writer-director Dan Rush’s feature-film debut. It’s based on a Raymond Carver short story, and is advertising a 2010 release date, though no official date has been confirmed. Perhaps we’ll know more once we see how the film plays at TIFF. Ferrell brought a similarly serious film – “Winter Passing” – to the fest in 2005, and it went over like a lead balloon. Let’s hope this one finds its audience.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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