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Stranger Than Fiction

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Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, and Emma Thompson. The main plot follows Harold Crick (portrayed by Ferrell), an uptight tax official who lives an almost parodist life by his watch until he hears a disembodied voice narrating events as they happen. He consults a literature professor who begins analysing the text, checking off genres and archetypes, and having him look for clues as to whether his story might be comedic or tragic. The film was shot on location in Chicago, and has been praised for its innovative, intelligent story and fine performances. 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



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Genre: Comedy , Drama , Fantasy

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Rated PG-13

  • 4 of 10 Sex & Nudity
  • 5 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 5 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I really do not care for Will Ferrell comedies, but I loved this movie. Emma Thompson is a gem and Ferrell is not his usual goofy character.

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Great flick that makes you think. I enjoyed it. Will Ferrell is still fun but he's not obnoxious.

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This movie has some crude language including a single drop of the 'F-Bomb' unfortunately. The relationship with Ana develped way too fast. A bit unrealistic if you ask me. the whole movie is a bit like the Movie Joe Vs. The Volcano. Despite these flaws the movie is a fun romp. will farell may have his best performance yet with this movie

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    One of my top favorite movies and definitely my favorite Will Ferrell movie.

  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    "Stranger Than Fiction" was not written by screenwriter Charlie Kaufman — who gave us such whimsy as "Being John Malkovich" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." But it could have been.
    Written by first-time screenwriter Zach Helm and directed by Marc Forster ("Finding Neverland"), "Stranger Than Fiction" is a comic fantasy with whimsical and bizarre touches that bring Kaufman to mind — although this one is a bit softer and sweeter.
    And while some of the film's literary motifs and devices might at first be a bit confusing, on whole it's pretty amusing and rewarding — and certainly one of the better vehicles to star Will Ferrell.
    He stars as Harold Crick, an IRS tax auditor whose life is made up of a series of mind-numbing routines. But he doesn't know any better and is content to live his shallow existence. That is, until he starts hearing a voice in his head (Emma Thompson), an unseen "narrator" who seems to know everything he does — as he's doing it. And lately, she has been uttering dire forecasts of Crick's impending death.
    When mental-health professionals turn out to be no help, the desperate auditor consults a literary professor, Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), who humors Crick's notions that he may be a fictional character. Hilbert also suggests that Crick begin enjoying his life and encourages the social misfit to romance Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an anarchist baker he's supposed to be auditing.
    Forster, who's gaining a reputation as an actor's director, coaxes a real performance out of Ferrell, who's appropriately subdued (think Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show"). That allows Thompson, Gyllenhaal and Hoffman to steal scenes and garner as many yuks as Ferrell. Queen Latifah, however, is underutilized in a secondary role as a writing assistant.
    "Stranger Than Fiction" is rated PG-13 for some sexual material, including language (suggestive talk and profanity — primarily, one use of the so-called "R-rated" curse word), vehicular violence (a bus crash), brief male nudity and brief drug content (references). Running time: 107 minutes.
    E-MAIL: jeff@desnews.com


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