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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  10 November 2006 (USA)
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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's not crazy. He's just written that way. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Harold Crick  »

Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,411,093 (USA) (10 November 2006)


£824,082 (UK) (15 December 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Small math and science references were slipped in, such as references to Euclid Street (a reference to Euclidean Geometry) and the Spoon song "My Mathematical Mind", which plays during a sequence near the end of the film. See more »


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Professor Jules Hilbert: No, why did you change the book?
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Crazy Credits

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A Must See!
28 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was such a great surprise! I saw this at an advanced screening just days after suffering through Marie Antoinette. What a pleasant escape! The cast did an outstanding job. Who doesn't love Will Ferrell, but to see him in this role gives me a whole new level of respect for him as an actor. He simply shines on screen! Maggie Gyllenhaal is a delight. Emma Thompson is brilliant as always. Simply wonderful! The writing was terrific. It was so nice to see a movie that could make you laugh and think (not too hard) at the same time. Direction was well done as well - it was even visually appropriate.

Go see it and take a friend. You will laugh and be happy for a change after leaving a movie.

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