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Stranger Than Fiction

A comedy movie directed by Marc Forster

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The Best Will Ferrell Movie

  • Mar 5, 2009
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I was pleasantly surprised at this very well-done film with a highly likeable Will Ferrell as Harold Crick who is a character in a novel by Emma Thompson (I forgot her character's name) that Emma has scheduled to die.  Somehow Crick's watch does something to make him real and he can hear Emma's narration of her novel as she types it.  Crick starts to realize that all Emma's observations about him are accurate, so when she says that a certain event will set things in motion that Crick will die, he panics and seeks out help.  First he visits a psychiatrist who then sends him to a literary college professor (Dustin Hoffman) to try to determine who the mysterious author is.

 

Crick had led a very boring life until he meets a highly exciting woman who owns a bakery.  Crick was auditing her for the IRS and thoughts about her change his whole "ordered" life.  Crick enjoys his new life and goes from wearing "stuffy" suits to wearing more casual clothing and playing guitar.  His new-found happiness makes him even more desperate not to die.

 

Emma is also and interesting character.  A chain smoker whose big thing about her books are "dreaming" up creative ways for her main characters to die at the end of her books.  She is assisted by a very serious literary agent (Queen Latifah) who is showing that she can be a multi-dimensional actress.

 

I found Harold to be the most likeable character of any role that I have seen by Ferrell to date.

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March 08, 2009
I liked the trailer for his last film DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, and of course his song . I've been told by neutral parties that SPANGLISH was good but haven't had the courage to try it yet. I'll probably check it out when it shows for free on cable.
March 15, 2009
Spanglish was excellent. The Zohan is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. But if you must, check it out.
March 16, 2009
I doubt that I'll muss witht the Zohan. As I said my daughter is a big Sandler fan. She saw it and hated it. I suspect the trailer had every good sinled moment of the film in it, But I will probably see SPANGLISH one day.
March 16, 2009
I know it got good reviews from all th professional critics who normally scoffed at his flixs, so that must mean something.
March 16, 2009
One of the reasons Spanglish is so good is that Sandler plays a serious role and is not the main character.
March 16, 2009
That's always gonna help. Small doses are best.
 
March 06, 2009
I find Sandler better than Ferrell and I liked Spanglish (in which he had a straight role) and Click alot. I didn't care for most of the other films I saw him in but I like his Channukah song.
 
March 05, 2009
Even my daughter doesn't find him funny, and she laughs at Adam Sandler!
March 06, 2009
I find Sandler better than Ferrell and I liked Spanglish (in which he had a straight role) and Click alot. I didn't care for most of the other films I saw him in but I like his Channukah song. collapse 0 responses
 
March 05, 2009
Exactly! He keeps doing dumb comedies that seem to have gotten worse with each movie.
 
March 05, 2009
Ferrell was the last guy you'd expect to see in this movie. Too bad it didn't seems to change his career path much.
March 05, 2009
Exactly! He keeps doing dumb comedies that seem to have gotten worse with each movie. collapse 0 responses
 
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review by . February 07, 2009
Best-selling author, Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson), is struggling with her newest novel. How will she kill the main character, Harold Crick? Little does she know, Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is real and she is writing his life story. Harold has been hearing her voice in his head as she narrates every moment of his mundane life as an IRS agent. Harold seeks out help from a professor of literature (Dustin Hoffman), and together they try to figure out who the voice is and what it means for Harold's …
review by . December 18, 2007
What an intriguing concept - an ordinary if somewhat introverted man who, unbeknownst to himself, is actually a character in a novel-in-progress, and a novelist whose character, unbeknownst to her, is real. Not an easy story to write or film. Nevertheless, both have been done, and done well. The screenplay makes the whole thing comprehensible, and the stellar acting makes it believable. It was hard to accept that this restrained actor is Will Ferrell. He DOES have talent, and a bit of that goofy …
review by . October 01, 2007
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I was pleasantly surprised at this very well-done film with a highly likeable Will Ferrell as Harold Crick who is a character in a novel by Emma Thompson (I forgot her character's name) that Emma has scheduled to die. Somehow Crick's watch does something to make him real and he can hear Emma's narration of her novel as she types it. Crick starts to realize that all Emma's observations about him are accurate, so when she says that a certain event will set things in motion that Crick will die, he …
review by . September 07, 2007
Truly enjoyable movie. Thompson creates yet another memorable character. She truly excells at portraying cynical characters. Gyllenhaal's character, although not as memorable, was well portrayed. Huffman was excellent as well. And Ferrell, well, it was good. His expressions' portraying a lost sad man living a completely uneventul life won me over. The movie, as opposed to its characters, refused to fall into cynicism. It is intersting to note that the most cynic of the characters goes outside of …
review by . August 22, 2007
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review by . July 05, 2007
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Stranger than Fiction
Theatrical film poster Directed by Marc Forster Produced by Lindsay Doran Written by Zach Helm Starring Will Ferrell
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Dustin Hoffman
Emma Thompson
Queen Latifah
Tony Hale Music by Britt Daniel
Brian Reitzell Cinematography Roberto Schaefer Editing by Matt Chesse Distributed by Columbia Pictures Release date(s) November 10, 2006 Running time 113 min. Language English Budget $30 million Gross revenue $40,660,952

Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy drama film. The film is directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and stars Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, and Emma Thompson. Columbia Pictures distributed the film.[1]

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Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service, living his entire life based on the timing of his wristwatch. He is given the job to audit an intentionally tax-delinquent baker, Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal) to whom he is awkwardly attracted. On the same day, he begins hearing the voice of a woman that is omnisciently narrating the events in his life, but he is unable to communicate with the voice. On his way home, Harold's watch stops working and he resets it using the time given by a bystander; the voice narrates "little did he know that this simple, seemingly innocuous act would result in his ...

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