Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

DVD - 2007
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Harold Crick - IRS auditor, milquetoast, and poster child for obsessive-compulsive disorder - wakes one morning to hear a woman's voice in his bathroom, narrating his life as he is living it, subsequently announcing his imminent death. This is a big problem, since Harold has a burning crush on Ana, his latest audit case. Searching for the source of the voice, he turns to literary theory-spewing professor Jules Hilburt, who eventually discovers that talented but troubled novelist Karen Eiffel is writing Harold--he is the central character of her new novel, "Death and Taxes." The question is: will Harold's story end as a comedy, or a tragedy?
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Industries, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
Branch Call Number: STR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 113 minutes) : sound, colour ; 12 cm
video file,DVD video,region 1


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May 24, 2019

I am beyond shocked that this movie got five stars from anyone. It wasn't a terrible movie but it certainly wasn't good. I lost a little respect for Emma Thompson for agreeing to be in such a silly film. I usually don't like Will Ferrel either, but he was tolerable in "Stranger". I found his relationship with Maggie Gyllenhall totally unbelievable. She looks young enough to be his daughter and the romance just didn't do it for me. It was a nice surprise to see Queen Latifah (definitely the bright spot in the entire film), and Dustin Hoffman, although I found his role to be very confusing. I could never figure out what he was supposed to be. This movie looked like it would be hilarious but there were far too few funny moments; none of them Laugh Out Loud, either. Very disappointing. I wasn't expecting much, but I was hoping for a lot.

Jan 17, 2019

Any fan of Will Ferrell needs to watch this movie. It is such a good movie that I would recommend to literally anyone. I went into this movie blindly, not knowing what it was about, and I was so impressed with the plot and twists in the film. Will Ferrell does a great job and so do his other castmates. Everything about this movie is amazing, except for the slow scenes. But some may argue that movies like this (drama) need slow scenes to progress properly, and I do agree to some degree. Some slower scenes were a little long and dragged a bit, but were definitely redeemed as the movie continued. 4/5 Stars. @sideswipefirefight of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Aug 16, 2018

4.5 STARS slower moving movie, but worth the watch. Will Farrell good job. Ending of a spiritual nature, making one think

Mar 09, 2018

This mildly comedic drama has been one of my favourites ever since I first saw it and I highly recommend it. Will Ferrell's performance seems sincere and not over done. Despite this film's literary angle, my library doesn't have it unfortunately.

Feb 21, 2018

I do like a good meta-fiction.
And Will Ferrel stars in a role that I enjoy.

This is a pretty good film. I would expand upon this, but I urge you to watch it instead.
Trust me on this one.

Jan 21, 2018

Not your typical Will Ferrell fare. I enjoyed his performance in this one!!

Sep 28, 2017

Multiple viewers have stated that they turned-off the movie after the first 30 minutes, the second 30 minutes is where characters start to shine. We really need to get to the third act, that is where the meat is and the actors shine in their roles. I have watched and re-watched this movie over the years since release (sometimes starting at minute 24, the entrance of Dustin Hoffmans character).
It was ahead of its time with the integration of H.U.D.-like CGI elements to explain our main character's inner monologue.
Will Ferrel is evocative as becomes Harold Crick.
Give the movie a chance it should not disappoint.

Sep 19, 2016

Interesting and enjoyable movie.

Aug 09, 2016

I loved this movie. Very different than the typical goofy Will; he is sweet and sympathetic and you feel deeply for his sensitive character. All the actors do a great job, including traditional non-actor Queen Latifa! She is terrific as well, beautiful and sophisticated and understated in her role. All played perfectly.

Aug 08, 2016

This is the first movie that I really liked by Will Farrell. It helps having a favorite of mine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, as the other lead.
Very well made and recommended.

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Mar 27, 2011

Kay Eiffel: Harold quickly calculated the odds of making an ass of himself, in ratio to the amount of time he stayed to chat.
Harold Crick: This is my stop I should go.
Kay Eiffel: He was elated and surprised by his somewhat flirtatious encounter with Mrs. Pascal. So elated that he exited the transit authority bus a good 27 blocks too early and would now have to walk.

Feb 12, 2011

Little did he know. That means there's something he doesn't know, which means there's something you don't know, did you know that?

Feb 12, 2011

Book Channel Host: So, can you tell us the title of the book you haven't written yet?
Kay Eiffel: [Who has had just about enough of this host] I'm calling it Death and Taxes.
Book Channel Host: Death and Texas? Hey! I'm from Texas!
Kay Eiffel: Wha?
Book Channel Host: Yep! San Antone.
Kay Eiffel: No, no, no, no. Death and Taxes. Taxes. TAXes.
Book Channel Host: Oh! Death and TAXES! Like the Ben Franklin quote.
Kay Eiffel: Yes.
Book Channel Host: Oh now I feel really silly.
Kay Eiffel: [under her breath] You should.

Jan 03, 2009

It was difficult for Harold to imagine Ms. Pascal as a revolutionary: Her thin arms hoisting signs in protest; her long, shapely legs dashing from tear gas… Harold wasn’t prone to fantasies and so he tried his best to remain professional. But failed miserably. He couldn’t help but imagine Ms. Pascal stroking the side of his face with the soft blade of her finger… He couldn’t help but imagine her immersed in a tub, shaving her legs… And he couldn’t help but imagine her naked, stretched across his bed.

Jan 03, 2009

This is a story about a man named Harold Crick…. and his wristwatch. Harold Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations and remarkably few words. And his wristwatch said even less.

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Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

lucky Mar 12, 2009

lucky thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

nadian Aug 14, 2008

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Mar 19, 2012

A lonely IRS agent hears a mysterious voice narrating his life. He discovers that he's the main character in a novel-in-progress written by an eccentric author famous for killing her main characters in creative ways.
Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson.

Mar 27, 2011

An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

lucky Mar 12, 2009

A man's life, which has been planned specifically to every detail of his life, has suddenly begun to be influenced by the writings of a famous author.


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nadian Aug 14, 2008

Sexual Content: Implied off screen

nadian Aug 14, 2008

Violence: Some scenes of peril.

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