The Answer Man

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Magnolia Pictures Released 2009

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Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Everyone wants to meet Arlen Faber, the world famous author of the best-selling spiritual book "Me and God", but crotchety, disgruntled Arlen simply wants to be left alone - and so far he's been successful in keeping his identity a secret. But all that changes when troubled bookstore owner Kris Lucas discovers his home address and barters books for Arlen's words of wisdom, and a back injury leads the reclusive writer to begin dating chiropractor and overprotective single mother Elizabeth. As Arlen's relationships with his newfound friends begin to grow, he must come to terms with his past and the realization that he doesn't hold all the answers.

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  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Never shows enough passion to be interestingly bad.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Conveniently, everyone wears their symptoms on their sleeves, but because the characters are so haphazardly drawn, their pain remains elusive to the end.

  • 40

    Variety Justin Chang

    Jeff Daniels' gleeful misanthropy and Lauren Graham's emotional openness are poorly served by the pic's transparently phony story and therapeutic uplift

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy