Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Richard E. Grant
An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's ... See full summary »
Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late. Written by
In the scene where Professor Hilbert is speaking to Harold in his classroom, there is a list on the chalkboard behind him of four characters from 'The Alexandria Quartet', a four-book set of novels by British writer Lawrence Durrell, published between 1957 and 1960. See more »
When Harold and Ana are on the bus, he asks her if she is a "frequenter of the Metropolitan Transit Authority." The film is shot in Chicago, where the bus agency is called the Chicago Transit Authority. However, the film is not set in Chicago, but in a generic, unnamed city. See more »
[They are in a hospital ward surround by lots of sick and injured people]
What are we doing here? I don't even think we're supposed to *be* in here.
You told me I needed visual stimulation.
Yeah, I meant a museum or something.
I don't *need* a museum. I need the infirm.
[slightly under her breath]
You *are* the infirm.
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During the end credits, the names of the characters and the actors who played them were displayed against stylized images of the places where the characters worked. See more »
Saw it at The Toronto International Film Festival and it was well done. Original storyline, fantastic performance from Ferrel, Thompson and Hoffman. The most moving performance from Will Ferrel I have ever seen is within this film. The storyline some may believe to be too far fetched at first to take seriously, but in the end it does work. What makes the film work the most are the brilliant performances from Ferrel and Thompson. Without these two- the film couldn't have been pulled off! I recommend this flick to anyone looking to laugh and cry and then laugh again. It was a truly brilliant film. 10/10 (Hoffman and Ferrel were too kind to shake hands and greet the fans inside the screening as well.)
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