THE PLOT THUS FAR
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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Nick Halsey, an alcoholic who’s recently fell off the wagon. As the film opens he’s fired from his job for apparently having an affair with a new employee and then left by his wife for the same reason. He’s also locked out of his home with all of his belongings left on the front lawn. His credit cards have all been canceled as well and his company car is repossessed by his former employers. With no money and no place to go he decides to camp out on his front lawn with all his stuff. His neighbors complain of him being a public nuisance though and he’s reported to the police. Thanks to a city law, his cop buddy Frank is able to give him five days to hold a yard sale before he has to kick him off the property. While trying to sell his stuff Nick befriends a new neighbor across the street and a local neighborhood kid.
Like I said the movie is surprisingly dramatic for a Will Ferrell movie and he pulls off his performance impressively. The material isn’t too much of a stretch for him given that it’s still pretty comedic but it’s definitely honest and set in reality and there’s some pretty hard hitting drama at times as well, especially towards the end. The movie still has a sizable amount of laughs though so traditional Ferrell fans shouldn’t be disappointed.
The DVD comes with a featurette, director’s commentary and a featurette about Will Ferrell. It’s all very basic stuff, but I like how committed Lionsgate is to giving this amazing film a proper release. Sure, it died a quick death at theaters during the late Spring/early Summer season…but, I see this film thriving with later viewers on Home Video. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp, but it’s plagued with the usual digital noise and haze that besmirches most standard definition transfers. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 09/06/2011