Film: Everything Must Go

Nick is annoyed that you think this is a wacky Will Ferrell comedy.

Based on a short story by Raymond Carver titled "Why Don't You Dance?", Everything Must Go is a 2010 American drama starring Will Ferrell. He is Playing Against Type as Nick Halsey, an alcoholic man who gets kicked out of his house by his wife, and he struggles to live on his lawn until the police have to force him out. While he lives on his lawn, he becomes acquainted with some of his neighbors.


  • The Alcoholic: Nick is a very realistic and self-destructive portrayal.
  • Blackmail: Nick spies two of his neighbors engaged in BDSM sex acts, and uses it to blackmail them into letting him use their electricity and pool. Also notable because the blackmail isn't explicitly stated, but implied through exchanged glances.
  • Garage Sale: Detective Frank Garcia advises Nick to hold one to exploit a loophole that allows him [Nick] to live on his lawn a few more days, provided he's selling stuff.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Nick befriends a neighborhood kid named Kenny, whom he teaches to play baseball and how to make sales.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Nick has one. It is she who alerts the police to Nick living out on his lawn.
  • The Sponsor: Garcia is this to Nick for his alcoholism. Interesting as Frank has been able to help Nick out of trouble, but is also willing to arrest him if necessary.