Will Ferrell stars as Harold Crick, a lonely IRS agent whose mundane existence is transformed when he hears a mysterious voice narrating his life. With the help of Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), Harold discovers he's the main character in a novel-in-progress and that the voice belongs to Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson), an eccentric author famous known for killing her main characters in creative ways. Harold must quickly track down Eiffel and stop her before she conjures up a way to finish him off.
Unusual and cleverly written.
- Stranger Than Fiction review by Shatner's Bassoon
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You rated this film: 4
'Stranger than fiction' is one of those films which probably suffers poor reviews due to the way it's promoted as a comedy. If you're expecting a typically wacky Will Ferrell over the top comedy you're going to be disappointed. Although far more mainstream, the film is very similar in tone films like 'Be Kind Rewind', 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind' and 'Being John Malkovich' and while there is some comedy in the film it's more dark and surreal than laugh out loud comedy. The acting was great and the story within a story plotline was really clever idea and superbly executed, and if you like films by 'Spike Jonze' or 'Michel Gondry' chances are you like this.
- Stranger Than Fiction review by Rubber Ducky
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You rated this film: 5
Such an amazing film that I kept wondering who could have had the imagination to think up the concept! Boring taxman, played brilliantly by Ferrell, goes about his usual routine but finds his life is being narrated by a female voice. He goes to several colleagues and then psychiatrists who think he is weird or schizophrenic. Finally he works out 'the voice' is telling a story and he ends up with a bizarre literary professor, played with comedic genius by Hoffman. The film has some interesting visual effects, an original story, a sweet romance and brilliant acting performances. A winner all round.
- Stranger Than Fiction review by dizgrace
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You rated this film: 5
I am a huge Will Ferell fan to begin with, but really do prefer him playing these (slightly) straight man roles!! This film was both hilarious to the point where I spurted red wine all over myself I was laughing so hard and poignant. the characthers are so well written and sypathetic, but most importantly I felt, likeable!! Emma Thompson was great, Maggie Gyllenhall I found very attractive for the first time and Dustin Hoffman was hilarious!!
I really regret not watching this at the cinema as it will be for me the one of the most memorable movies of the year!!