Stranger Than Fiction

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2006


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Marc Forster
Stranger Than Fiction is a dramatic comedy film directed by Marc Forster about Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), a solitary IRS agent who bases his entire mundane life by the ticks of his well cared for wristwatch. On the same day that he is given the job to audit a tax resistant baker, Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Harold begins to hear his life, in all its humdrumness, narrated by a well-spoken voice. From the number of strokes he makes with a toothbrush to Harold's likening of filing to the ocean waves, the voice narrates his life in almost eerie accuracy. Annoyed and slightly flustered, Harold continues with his days until the voice ominously proclaims his death. The use of "little did he know" by the narrator leads him to the help of literature Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), who convinces Harold that he is the main character in a novel-in-progress. As he tries to gain some semblance of control over his own story, the narrator, Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson), spending her time in hospital ERs and imagining car wrecks or jumps from tall buildings, is struggling to find a way to finish off Harold Crick.moreless


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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    While Stranger Than Fiction traffics in a bit of darkly funny existential anxiety, it also finds room for romantic fantasy and sentimental uplift.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    A refreshingly grown-up comedy, "Stranger" is a charming film that is unafraid to be low-key in ways that studio releases seldom are.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Sometimes becomes too self-consciously clever, and it doesn't entirely resolve its own central dilemma. But it remains inventive and funny to the end, features fine performances fr...

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Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


quirky characters, small town life, Romantic Comedy, bookworms, fight for survival