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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Ricky Adams ...
Young Boy
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Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes ...
Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder ...
Polish Woman
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Bakery Employee #1
Helen Young ...
Bakery Customer #1
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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 the lexster

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Harold Crick isn't ready to go. Period. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and nudity | See all certifications »

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Killing Harold Crick  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,411,093 (USA) (12 November 2006)

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$40,137,776 (USA) (17 December 2006)
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Trivia

When Karen first meets Penny, she mentions a photograph of a beautiful woman who had committed suicide by jumping from a building. This refers to an actual event, in which 23-year-old Evelyn McHale leaped to her death from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building on May 1, 1947. A full-page photo of her body was published in LIFE Magazine later that month, which is the photo Karen is referring to. See more »

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As Harold rides the bus reading the "Death and Taxes" manuscript, an Asian woman is seated behind him. Her arm/sleeve is visible in shots involving only Harold. Alternating shots of Harold and the back of the bus inconsistently show the woman - she vanishes and reappears. Her sleeve remains consistently visible. See more »

Quotes

Penny Escher: [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.
Kay Eiffel: You told me I needed visual stimulation.
Penny Escher: Yeah, I meant a museum or something.
Kay Eiffel: I don't *need* a museum. I need the infirm.
Penny Escher: [slightly under her breath] You *are* the infirm.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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References Manhattan (1979) See more »

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Written by Britt Daniel
Performed by Spoon
Courtesy of Merge Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Great script
6 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Chicago Film Festival opening last night. I went not knowing a thing about it in advance, and was pleasantly surprised. I'd suggest that people DON'T read specifics about this film before seeing it.

The story/script is fantastic - I'd be surprised if it didn't get nominated for the big original screenplay awards. It's interesting, funny, poignant, and quite charming, actually.

The casting in general is wonderful... As someone else said, Hoffman is perfectly understated... I'd never seen Maggie Gyllenhaal before, but I'm a fan after seeing this one. And Emma Thompson could see a best supporting actress nod for this film.

Sadly, I thought the film's weakest point was the casting of Will Ferrell in the lead. He's not bad by any means, but he just doesn't work at the same level as the rest of the cast. Kudos to him for what he DOES accomplish in this film, but it would've had plenty of starpower without him, and the role could've been used to showcase someone else's talent.

All in all, thumbs up.

Just my two cents.


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