Everything Must Go

May 13th 2011
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 96 min,
  • Roadside Attractions
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Peña, Stephen Root, Laura Dern, Glenn Howerton, Shannon Whirry, Jason Spisak, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Leslea Fisher, Todd Bryant, Annie Boon, Leeann Dearing, Scott Takeda, Katrina Matusek, Daniel D. Halleck, Torin Sixx, Jennifer Pfalzgraff, Bruce Nelson, Daniel Ganea, Dave LaBrucherie, Rosalie Michaels, Andy McDermott, Amy Clouser
  • Director: Dan Rush
  • Writers: Dan Rush, Raymond Carver
  • Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
  • Co Producer: Ari Daniel Pinchot
  • Executive Producers: Marc Erlbaum, Jerry Fruchtman, Peter Fruchtman, J. Andrew Greenblatt, D. Scott Lumpkin, Celine Rattray, Jody Simon
  • Art Direction: Linda Sena
  • Castings: Joanna Colbert, Richard Mento
  • D.O.P.: Michael Barrett
  • Editor: Sandra Adair
  • Makeup: Bernadette Mazur
  • Musics: David Torn, The Ventures, Widespread Panic
  • Production Design: Kara Lindstrom
  • Set Decoration: Marcia Calosio


Adapted and directed by Dan Rush, and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, "Everything Must Go" tells the story of Nick Porter (Will Ferrell) a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone.

The same day Nick gets 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 properly, on the lawn - reluctantly holding a yard sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Arizona, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some sexual content
  • Production Budget: $8 million
  • Production Companies: Birdsong Pictures, IM Global, Nationlight Productions, Temple Hill Entertainment

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2011 Guide Analysis: "'Go' marks the debut filmmaking effort of writer/director Dan Rush, based on a short story by Raymond Carver whose works were big influences on films like Robert Altman's ensemble drama "Short Cuts" and the Laura Linney-led Australian thriller "Jindabyne". The script itself scored rave reviews and a BlackList placing in 2007, while the film premiered in Toronto and London earlier this year to generally positive reviews, though there have been some complaints about pacing.

It also marks a change for the normally manic Ferrell who dominates much of the screen time in this $8 million melancholic drama with some occasional darkly comic touches. It's a much lower-key endeavour than his most remarkable 'straight work' thus far in "Stranger Than Fiction", with several reviews saying Ferrell's performance is almost unrecognisable compared with his usual antics.

One of the nicer compliments it received was that it apparently tackles the issue of the lead character's battle with alcoholism without either "demonizing him for his addiction or letting him off the hook for his failings" says a review from Twitchfilm's Todd Brown. Yet one wonders if either Ferrell fans or indie cinema lovers will warm to a film where one of the two key ingredients - slow emotional character drama and Will Ferrell - seems to almost cancel out any interest they may have."

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