In a debut, Christopher Jordan “CJ” Wallace Jr., the son of the late rapper Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G., aka Christopher Wallace, will appear in the film.
The picture, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was adapted by writer-director Dan Rush from a Raymond Carver short story.
Ferrell plays relapsed alcoholic Nick Halsey, a down-on-his-luck salesman.
Nick gets fired while on a business trip and finds himself locked out of his suburban Phoenix home when he returns, with all of his possessions scattered on the front lawn. His wife is nowhere to be found.
He fakes a yard sale and sets up camp hoping to things will sort themselves out. But the police eventually force him to sell all his stuff, leading him to reassess his life.
Along the way he picks up a young sidekick and new woman, played by Rebecca Hall, who harbors a few secrets of her own.
This is Ferrell’s second “dramedy.” In 2006, he starred in “Stranger Than Fiction,” and earned solid reviews. He’s also gotten the same for this movie.
“Ferrell gives a tremendously careful and nuanced performance, never overplaying Nick’s drunkenness and despair but also never allowing us to get too cozy with this severely damaged and depressed guy,” writes Andrew Hehir in Salon.
The film hits theaters on May 13th. Check out the new trailer: