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Everything Must Go Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Will Ferrell is sad and that's not so bad. Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

Not a great bargain. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    65

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    From time to time the movie grabs you (though the music keeps repelling you). Taking stock and letting go-of superfluous things, of worn-out love-is a strong theme. But the progression of the script is like Nick's self-help program. We're familiar with the steps.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film just doesn't mine enough humor or drama from this situation. Meanwhile most of the developments are wholly predictable.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Like Bill Murray and Greg Kinnear before him, this funnyman reveals serious acting chops.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    As he did in "Stranger Than Fiction," Ferrell displays surprising range when he ratchets down the volume.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

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).

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Amid the serious content, the movie's main message is a simple but important one: Addiction destroys. It's paired with the notion that redemption is available if you want it.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Nick is hardly an obvious role model, but how he deals with the hand he's dealt evolves into something pretty admirable. And Kenny is astoundingly wise beyond his years.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A man slashes a tire and keys a car; later, he has a confrontation with someone in a parking lot. Some shoving and yelling. The man also urinates into a fish pond out of spite and throws an object at a window.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A couple is shown in S&M wear, presumably having sex. A middle-schooler finds a trove of Playboy magazines. Conversations about infidelity.

  • language false4

    Language: Words include "s--t," "f--k," "piss," "ass," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "crap," "damn," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Pabst Blue Ribbon is prominently displayed; other labels seen include Budweiser, Schwinn, and Taurus.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character is an alcoholic who is seen guzzling from beer cans, sometimes with desperation. There's nothing glamorous about it at all.

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