When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
I know that most every movie-goer is interested in the dramatic side of Will Ferrell. He was pretty damn good in Stranger Than Fiction, which wasn’t actually too dramatic, but it was definitely different from what he has built a career out of, and it was definitely good.
Ferrell’s character is not the usual angry, violent alcoholic, but rather the decent guy who has the wrong priorities. Clearly the role has its complexities. The story [written by director Dan Rush], from what I have read, does justice to the short story that it was written after, but it is not really as well done as you hoped it would be, and what I think it could have been, leaving the role Ferrell plays a little less stellar, but nonetheless, he was excellent. I still think his career-starring dramatic role is ahead of him, however. He’ll find that role someday.
Side note: Rebecca Hall, who plays the pregnant neighbor to Ferrell, is just adorable, and is very drawing in most all of her performances I’ve seen. People should really take notice to the name.
Again, the story is a little lackluster, but it is a hopeful one, a story that most everyone can take something away from, which is always a very pleasant thing to find at the end.
The production is simple, and the soundtrack follows suite, but it all fits together in a nice little package.
3.0/4.0 – Despite a somewhat underwhelming yet powerful story, Will Ferrell delivers a very promising and noteworthy dramatic performance that should be the opening of the door to hopefully a future classic role.