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Nick Halsey is 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.
Comedy Drama - Unlike most Will Ferrell starring vehicles, this is a slow, talky, low-key drama. Devoted fans of the star should be pleased with this change of pace. Adult subject matter makes the film inappropriate for kids, who wouldn't be interested anyhow.
Roger EbertFull Review Good I was expecting more of an emotional payoff; making a movie calm is one thing, and making it matter-of-fact is another. But make a note about Will Ferrell. There is depth there.
USA TodayFull Review Good If he isn't careful, Will Ferrell is going to become a bona fide actor...But with his restrained turn in Everything Must Go, Ferrell is demonstrating the understated chops that made colleagues Robin Williams and Jim Carrey jack-of-all-trade entertainers.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Above Average Nick struggles with the idea of, as he puts it, "selling all my crap” — ...he means that both literally and metaphorically — and getting on with his life. That sentiment, and Ferrell's refusal to sentimentalize it, is reason enough to smile.
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