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- DescriptionKnown to most audiences for his hilarious characters, funnyman Will Ferrell continues to try his hand at more serious material with STRANGER THAN FICTION. The film comes as relatively light fare for director Marc Foster, whose previous works were FINDING NEVERLAND and MONSTER'S BALL. While not exactly a drama, the film shifts between humorous and heavy realms, one of its central questions being: 'What makes a comedy or a tragedy?' In WINTER PASSING and MELINDA AND MELINDA, Ferrell awkwardly occupied a strange space that was neither clearly dramatic nor comedic, leaving audiences confused over whether to laugh at the actor or with him. Here, in the role of boring Harold Crick he appears a bit more at ease, as Harold is not expected to be funny--funny things just happen to him. Instead of depending on Ferrell for jokes, the film delivers laughs on its own by exploring what happens when an IRS agent with a dull, solitary life receives unwanted company in the form of an intrusive female voice narrating his every move. As distracting as this is, things become truly worrisome when the narrator (Emma Thompson as an eccentric author) informs Harold of his looming death. How Harolds life changes as a result of this terrifying knowledge depends largely on wacky Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman) and on tax-evading baker/love interest Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal). While Queen Latifahs role as an authors assistant is underdeveloped, Tony Hale brings an innocent charm as Harolds coworker and only friend. At times, the films take on existentialist themes feels strikingly familiar, and is clearly influenced by features like ADAPTATION and I HEART HUCKABEES. Among its strengths, the film features interesting sets seemingly influenced by the 1950s version of the future, and functions as a small step forward for Ferrell.
- Leading Role 1Emma Thompson
- Director 1Marc Forster
- Leading Role 2Maggie Gyllenhaal
- Additional Roles byQueen Latifah,Kristin Chenoweth,Tony Hale
- ProducerJim Miller,Brittany Daniel,Lindsay Doran
- ScreenwriterZach Helm
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2007
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time109 minutes
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- mamagee11035913 Jul, 2017by
Very good and entertaining movie kept you right to the end in suspense
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: New
- diane.rouse195124 Aug, 2016by
Very good enjoyed it
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
- fatblackfrog18 May, 2010by
Funny film, ideal for lazy Sunday afternoon.
Shame they put the most funny bits in the trailer so if you haven't seen the trailer - don't! It's a good film, (not great or hysterically funny) but quite funny in places. Bit of a weird story line, but all good actors so they make it work. Ideal for lazy Sunday afternoon viewing.
- flora703904 Aug, 2009by
A great easy to watch film
Saw a trailer for this film and thought it looked like an intereseting story line. Thought the film was really good just a bit slow to start with. I mean its no action blockbuster, but its definitely a feel good movie with very good acting. It's quirky, which I like.
- blindpigeon30 Jul, 2009by
Watchable, Average, Not too bad.
An odd film is probably the best way to describe this one. Watchable but not a rip roaring comedy if that's what you were expecting. Nice film to view with some humorous scenes. One to watch with the missus.
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