Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

DVD - 2007
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A man whose daily routine is repetitious and predictable finds his world view shattered when he begins to hear a voice that seems to be narrating his life, as though he were only a character in a book.
Publisher: Culbver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2007]
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Stran 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 113 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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Andrew_the_Librarian Jun 06, 2013

Even if you are not a fan of Will Ferrell this movie just might make you laugh out loud.


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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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thissucksss
Aug 09, 2016

I loved this movie. Very different than the typical goofy Will; he is sweet and sympathetic and you feel deeply for his sensitive character. All the actors do a great job, including traditional non-actor Queen Latifa! She is terrific as well, beautiful and sophisticated and understated in her role. All played perfectly.

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Lovemylibrary1
Aug 09, 2016

Great movie. For those who don't like Will Ferrell, see this one. I had not been a fan in the past and loved it. And if you've always liked him, this may not be your speed. He's not being an idiot, doing physical comedy for easy laughs. If you're a great fan of literature I think you'll enjoy it. There is some really clever humor.

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nidus
Aug 08, 2016

This is the first movie that I really liked by Will Farrell. It helps having a favorite of mine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, as the other lead.
Very well made and recommended.

ezaminpaima Jun 09, 2015

A great metafictional movie that makes you view literature in a completely different manner. I absolutely loved Will Ferrell's acting: he usually does more comedic roles, so it was a pleasant surprise to see him do so well in a tragic role.

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rationallady
Apr 16, 2015

Enjoyable with surprisingly good dramatic acting by Will Ferrell. I liked the premise: what if you were a book character and met the author of your fate? It reminded me of the great "Groundhog Day" which had another absurd premise made believable: you can do it over and over until you get it right.

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SmartAssAWhip
Aug 27, 2013

Tho' not necessarily a huge fan of Mr. Farrell's work, I did enjoy his subtle yet poignant take on this character. The hope is that one re-examines ones life after watching this, either validating or better yet, looking to make some profound changes. Having now watched this several times, I've upgraded my rating yet again, now to 4.5/5 stars. Perhaps, one's own life regrets can be stirred up because of a dramatic Will Ferrell movie?

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strider643
Feb 16, 2013

A very dull, slow, boring movie. Had to turn if off.

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agw88
Feb 16, 2013

Initially I thought it was a cool concept, however the movie is very slow. I was bored and I lost interest in the first half hour. A lot of other users on here seemed to like it... each to their own, I suppose.

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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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xXxAlexanderxXx Jun 14, 2012

xXxAlexanderxXx thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

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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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