Will Ferrell Month #2: The Other Guys, Everything Must Go

The Other Guys is a buddy cop comedy where two cops who aren’t respected get a chance to make it big. Can they show their superiors that they’ve got what it takes?

The Other Guys is directed by Adam McKay. It stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, The Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton.

The Other Guys refers to the employees of the police force who don’t get all the glory of the high profile detectives who are always in the action. Ferrell and Wahlberg play the types of cops who are stuck behind their desks, doing all the paperwork while the other cops get out there and mix it up in the action. Ferrell is mild mannered cop Allen Gamble, who mostly does the paperwork. Mark Wahlberg is Terry Hoitz, a considerably more aggressive and engaging cop who wants to be a big shot.

Finally, Gamble and Hoitz might have their chance to get out there when they stumble upon a high profile case. But do they have what it takes to crack it and become heroes, or will they end up stuck behind their desks forever?

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go is a movie based off of a short story by Raymond Carver called, “Why Don’t You Dance?”. It follows a man who loses his job and wife, and must figure out what to do in their absence.

Everything Must Go is directed by Dan Rush. It stars Will Ferrell, Laura Dern, Michael Peña, and Rebecca Hall.

Everything Must Go is a sometimes depressing, but ultimately optimistic movie about life. Will Ferrell plays the main character Nick, who is an alcoholic. While at a work conference in Denver, Nick has one too many drinks with a female co worker and blacks out with no memory of the night. When he comes back, the incident has laid the groundwork for him to be fired. Nick, irate, drives his knife into the tires of his boss. He tries to get it out(it has his name on it), can’t, and goes to the store to get some beer. When he comes back home, he finds that the locks have been changed, his wife has left, and he is effectively jobless and without a home.

Undeterred, Nick takes to living on his front lawn. He makes friends with the neighbor, played by Rebecca Hall. One night, after seeing a nice message written to him in his yearbook by classmate Delilah(Laura Dern), he decides to go visit her. She reassures Nick that he’s a good person underneath all this. Nick is completely without money and going through alcohol withdrawal once he gets back. His neighbor takes pity on him, giving him a Valium, but she gets angry when he points out the flaws in how she’s handing her personal life.

Nick does eventually run into his supervisor, who tells him that the coworker got fired and had a history of suing coworkers for sexual misconduct. Nick probably would’ve been able to get his job back except for the slashed tire incident. As Nick slowly starts to get some perspective on the events of his life, his wife comes back into the future. Whether Nick’s life is totally lost or there’s still a chance for him yet, you’ll have to see for yourself.

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