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|Stranger Than Fiction|
Actors: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Director: Marc Forster
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
A lonely IRS agent discovers he is the main character in a new novel and seeks to find the author before she kills him off.
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Pat M. J. from GRANTS PASS, OR
Reviewed on 8/4/2015...
Painful to watch, the story is about a "man" who doesn't know he is a made up character in a neurotic, egomaniac author's mind, and has no interactive existence with reality. This film shows him in a real world and then goes to intense and acutely observed personal interaction with the other characters and all the time you know is he is non-existent (in the script)-that's painful. Requires a lot of persistence in the viewer. But you get bang up acting (with a fine director) from the author (Emma Thompson looking ghastly and convincing); her keeper, Queen Latifah, looking like a gorgeous African ninja and being a mentor for a nut suffering from writer's block; to an arrogant and irritating professor (how well we know the type)in Dustin Hoffman's implacable "expert" opinions. As for Maggie, she is a revelation; her character starts as an Earth Mother inspired purveyor of baked goods to the needy, and dogmatic in opinion but halfway in becomes a charming Earth Kitten, who a guy could fall in love with in a New York minute. How does she do that?
Will's work mate is a great guy, his co-workers in the cattle pen office setting are suitably loose and cynical; you recognize everyone, even the extras at his bus stop. This is real observation of a high order, folks. Will Ferrell is superb in his role, taking this rollercoaster of an existentialist ride like a champion, and, yes, pulling you along kicking and screaming with him. How did he do that?
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Neil O. (ntrdinc) from CLOVIS, CA
Reviewed on 4/5/2015...
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ed S. from GLENDALE, CA
Reviewed on 9/29/2011...
This is my number one favorite movie - I had seen it with a friend expecting a typical Will Ferrell comedy and was surprised to find a dimensional, fascinating comedy and drama rolled into one. This is the film that shows that Ferrell can actually act, emote, and perform more than his usual pratfalls. There's nothing wrong with his broad comedies, but what a pleasure to see there's more to him. I agree with another reviewer here: it's not for everybody. But if you're at all curious, it's worth borrowing here.
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