Everything Must Go
When you strip away the caricatures that Will Ferrell has made a successful career on, there’s a very likeable, relateable everyman underneath, and it’s that average guy mentality that Ferrell brings back for this funny, emotionally honest portrait of a good old-fashioned suburban soul-cleansing. Alcoholic salesman Nick Halsey loses his job and his wife on the same day, then comes home to find all his shit on the front lawn and all the locks changed, becoming a strange but strangely fitting motif for the baggage that Halsey has to let go of in order to move on. And despite how good Ferrell was in Stranger Than Fiction, I have to admit this performance caught me by surprise, since it required him to go to some pretty dark places in Halsey’s emotionally untethered front lawn bender with an old leather recliner, a record player and a mini-fridge filled with Pabst Blue Ribbon. In the end, I’d love to see him do more stuff like this more often.