Box art for Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go

comedy, drama

Will Ferrell shines (Detroit News) as Nick, a career salesman who loses his wife and his job in the worst day of his life. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the lineor, rather, on the lawn.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Smart, poignant dramedy puts alcoholism front and center.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this moving drama, based on a short story by Raymond Carver, is far from the usual broad comedies that star Will Ferrell is known for. Though inflected with humor, it's a serious and sobering (no pun intended) movie about a man slipping over the brink of life -- giving in to his alcoholism and losing his marriage and all his belongings. There's some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), a few brief sexually charged scenes (with partial nudity and kink), and loads and loads of drinking (the lead character is an alcoholic, after all).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie presents addiction. Is there any glamour here? What are the consequences of Nick's drinking?
  • What can viewers learn from Nick's predicament and his response to it?
  • Why do you think Ferrell would choose to make a movie like this? Do you think he's trying to appeal to his usual fan base?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Rush extrapolates a narrative that is less jarring and more familiar than anything in Carver, but nonetheless true to the writer's tough, compassionate and intimately knowing apprehension of masculine defeat.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fresh: No great epiphanies, just a few days, a little perspective, nicely told.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fresh: Will Ferrell is evolving as an artist. Welcome to his blue period.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, May 12, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

It is refreshing and welcome to see Will Ferrell in a serious role, he's quite capable and should try it more often. Raymond Carver's short story reads better I have to say but Everything Must Go only just misses the mark. There are just too many distractions to the story at hand and when the story does get back on track, not very much happens.

- SirPant, Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2 stars

three stars

- YodaMasterJedi, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1 star

I didn't find this funny or emotionally connecting. The most irrelevant, ridiculous movie I've seen all year. Will Ferrell is still on the down swing...

- DerekA101, Thursday, December 8, 2011