Everything Must Go
by Dan Rush
Draft Dated: 4.4.8
Based on the short story “Why Don’t You Dance” by Raymond Carver
Remember that everything I write is my personal opinion, and is (usually) based on an early draft; the plot, characters, and practically anything and everything in this draft could be changed, or will change, before the movie comes out.
This story is basically about Nick, a down-and-out struggling alcoholic, who loses just about everything he holds important in life. After Nick’s wife decides to leave him, she throws all his personal belongings in their front yard, and changes the locks. So what does Nick do? He says fuck it, and begins living in his front yard. This is a powerful story about letting go and starting over.
The reason I read this script was because I’d heard some positive reviews about it, and I knew that Will Ferrell was cast to play Nick. I love Will Ferrell. I have to watch Elf multiple time a year, just to keep up with the quotes. Oh, and Step Brothers… don’t even get me started! A life without Will Ferrell is a life not worth living. I seriously don’t know how you “Will Ferrell Haters” do it. Yes, there really are Will Ferrell haters out there! I’ve actually met a few of them.
I was really intrigued after hearing that Will Ferrell was cast in this movie, so I decided to check it out. I was expecting it to be a complete comedy. Wrong! Honestly, if I didn’t know Will Farrell was going to be in this film, I would have thought it to be one of the most depressing scripts I have ever read. Even knowing ahead of time that Will Farrell was going to play Nick, this script was still depressing. Not to say there aren’t funny parts in the script. There are definitely some hilarious scenes I can’t wait to see played out. But when you take the script in its entirety, it’s very heavy. Definitely a Dark Comedy. Casting Will was a genius decision, I believe.
Now that I think of it, this story reminds me a lot of Lost in Translation. It’s funny, but depressing. Lost in Translation also happens to be one of my favorite movies.
Due to MAJOR SPOILERS I am putting the rest of the review after the jump. But to start off, I’ll break down the good and the bad.
- The writer really makes you feel what the main character is feeling. I instantly hated Nicks wife, hated his boss, and hated his neighbors. I felt so much sympathy for Nick.
- The whole script is kind of dark, and negative, and I don’t give a fucking shit-ty… which I enjoy.
- Even though the movie is fairly dark, the writing is extremely witty. The dialogue makes you laugh.
- There really isn’t anything bad about this script that I can think of at the moment. It doesn’t end the way you really want it to, but that doesn’t mean the ending is wrong, or bad. It’s actually very appropriate to what the story is trying to say. But when Hollywood bombards you with revenge and happy endings, you sort of come to expect it. Not in this one.
I think Will Farrell will do an awesome job, and I really had a fun time reading this script. If you can find it, I highly recommend reading it. I thought it to be serious, yet funny, and it touched on some important life topics. If you’re skeptical about Will Farrell’s performance, or skeptical about a non-ridiculous Will Farrell movie, watch Stranger than Fiction.
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DUE TO MAJOR SPOILERS THE REST OF THE REVIEW WILL BE AFTER THE JUMP