Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

DVD - 2007 | Widescreen
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Kay Effiel is an author writing her latest novel. Her story revolves around an isolated man named Harold Crick. What she doesn't know is that her fictionalized character is real. Harold is an IRS agent who has lived a dull existence. One day he begins to hear Karen's voice as she narrates what she is putting down on paper. Harold enlists the help of a literary professor to find out what is happening and ends up changing things about his life. He begins to have a relationship with his IRS client, a government-hating bakery owner named Ana Pascal. Harold, however, finds trouble when he hears that Karen plans to kill him.

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Shuken_1989
Oct 06, 2020

"Stranger than Fiction" is one of the first exposures I had ever had to Will Ferrel's acting. I recently resisted the film after having not seen in almost 12 years. The film holds up, it's an excellent piece of meta-fiction that stretches the viewer's belief. Ferrel plays the main protagonist, Harold Crick, an IRS agent who is stuck in the rut. The film is ultimately feel good, with Crick finding love in the form of an anarchist who owns a bakery. Early in the movie Crick begins hearing voices narrating his life, which leads him on a quest to change his own life and discover his purpose. The acting was good all around, especially the main supporting actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays Ana Pascal Crick's love interest who helps him discover his purpose. As well as Dustin Hoffman who plays Professor Jules Hilbert who helps Harold Crick understand his place in his own narrative.

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mJJLnk7
Apr 15, 2020

5 Stars... ...but... ..."Cage the Elephant" did it the best, Will. But I'm impressed. You s*&^ in the refrigerator? I'm not even mad.

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

I am beyond shocked that this movie got five stars from anyone. It wasn't a terrible movie but it certainly wasn't good. I lost a little respect for Emma Thompson for agreeing to be in such a silly film. I usually don't like Will Ferrel either, but he was tolerable in "Stranger". I found his relationship with Maggie Gyllenhall totally unbelievable. She looks young enough to be his daughter and the romance just didn't do it for me. It was a nice surprise to see Queen Latifah (definitely the bright spot in the entire film), and Dustin Hoffman, although I found his role to be very confusing. I could never figure out what he was supposed to be. This movie looked like it would be hilarious but there were far too few funny moments; none of them Laugh Out Loud, either. Very disappointing. I wasn't expecting much, but I was hoping for a lot.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 17, 2019

Any fan of Will Ferrell needs to watch this movie. It is such a good movie that I would recommend to literally anyone. I went into this movie blindly, not knowing what it was about, and I was so impressed with the plot and twists in the film. Will Ferrell does a great job and so do his other castmates. Everything about this movie is amazing, except for the slow scenes. But some may argue that movies like this (drama) need slow scenes to progress properly, and I do agree to some degree. Some slower scenes were a little long and dragged a bit, but were definitely redeemed as the movie continued. 4/5 Stars. @sideswipefirefight of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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TheSuz
Aug 16, 2018

4.5 STARS slower moving movie, but worth the watch. Will Farrell good job. Ending of a spiritual nature, making one think

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humbleworm
Mar 09, 2018

This mildly comedic drama has been one of my favourites ever since I first saw it and I highly recommend it. Will Ferrell's performance seems sincere and not over done. Despite this film's literary angle, my library doesn't have it unfortunately.

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the_bookwyrm
Feb 21, 2018

I do like a good meta-fiction.
And Will Ferrel stars in a role that I enjoy.

This is a pretty good film. I would expand upon this, but I urge you to watch it instead.
Trust me on this one.

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reginator_22
Jan 21, 2018

Not your typical Will Ferrell fare. I enjoyed his performance in this one!!

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rayi0227
Sep 28, 2017

Multiple viewers have stated that they turned-off the movie after the first 30 minutes, the second 30 minutes is where characters start to shine. We really need to get to the third act, that is where the meat is and the actors shine in their roles. I have watched and re-watched this movie over the years since release (sometimes starting at minute 24, the entrance of Dustin Hoffmans character).
It was ahead of its time with the integration of H.U.D.-like CGI elements to explain our main character's inner monologue.
Will Ferrel is evocative as becomes Harold Crick.
Give the movie a chance it should not disappoint.

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clarap
Sep 19, 2016

Interesting and enjoyable movie.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Kay Eiffel: Harold quickly calculated the odds of making an ass of himself, in ratio to the amount of time he stayed to chat.
Harold Crick: This is my stop I should go.
Kay Eiffel: He was elated and surprised by his somewhat flirtatious encounter with Mrs. Pascal. So elated that he exited the transit authority bus a good 27 blocks too early and would now have to walk.

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rslade
Feb 12, 2011

Little did he know. That means there's something he doesn't know, which means there's something you don't know, did you know that?

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rslade
Feb 12, 2011

Book Channel Host: So, can you tell us the title of the book you haven't written yet?
Kay Eiffel: [Who has had just about enough of this host] I'm calling it Death and Taxes.
Book Channel Host: Death and Texas? Hey! I'm from Texas!
Kay Eiffel: Wha?
Book Channel Host: Yep! San Antone.
Kay Eiffel: No, no, no, no. Death and Taxes. Taxes. TAXes.
Book Channel Host: Oh! Death and TAXES! Like the Ben Franklin quote.
Kay Eiffel: Yes.
Book Channel Host: Oh now I feel really silly.
Kay Eiffel: [under her breath] You should.

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DavidB
Jan 03, 2009

It was difficult for Harold to imagine Ms. Pascal as a revolutionary: Her thin arms hoisting signs in protest; her long, shapely legs dashing from tear gas… Harold wasn’t prone to fantasies and so he tried his best to remain professional. But failed miserably. He couldn’t help but imagine Ms. Pascal stroking the side of his face with the soft blade of her finger… He couldn’t help but imagine her immersed in a tub, shaving her legs… And he couldn’t help but imagine her naked, stretched across his bed.

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DavidB
Jan 03, 2009

This is a story about a man named Harold Crick…. and his wristwatch. Harold Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations and remarkably few words. And his wristwatch said even less.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

lucky Mar 12, 2009

lucky thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

nadian Aug 14, 2008

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

A lonely IRS agent hears a mysterious voice narrating his life. He discovers that he's the main character in a novel-in-progress written by an eccentric author famous for killing her main characters in creative ways.
Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

lucky Mar 12, 2009

A man's life, which has been planned specifically to every detail of his life, has suddenly begun to be influenced by the writings of a famous author.

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nadian Aug 14, 2008

Sexual Content: Implied off screen

nadian Aug 14, 2008

Violence: Some scenes of peril.

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