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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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.
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 ...