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The Answer Man (2009)

Arlen Faber (original title)
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A reclusive author of spiritual books, is pursued for advice by a single mother and a man fresh out of rehab.



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Everyone wants to meet Arlen Faber, the world famous author of the best-selling spiritual book "Me and God", but crotchety, disgruntled Arlen simply wants to be left alone - and so far he's been successful in keeping his identity a secret. But all that changes when troubled bookstore owner Kris Lucas discovers his home address and barters books for Arlen's words of wisdom, and a back injury leads the reclusive writer to begin dating chiropractor and overprotective single mother Elizabeth. As Arlen's relationships with his newfound friends begin to grow, he must come to terms with his past and the realization that he doesn't hold all the answers. Written by The Massie Twins

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He wrote the book on life's big questions. But the truth is he hasn't got a clue.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 December 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,998 (USA) (24 July 2009)


$25,589 (USA) (7 August 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


In the scene where Arlen has the girl attempt to sell one of his used books the girl looks directly at the camera for a brief second. See more »


[first lines]
Arlen Faber: We would like to do a full exposé on Arlen Faber. It would coincide with the 20th anniversary release of Me and God. People want to read this story. I've read Me and God twelve times, for Christ's sake!
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References Clash of the Titans (1981) See more »


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Written by Gioachino Rossini
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What do Lauren Graham and Tea Leoni have in common?
30 July 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

What do Lauren Graham and Tea Leoni have in common? The answer is simply that these are two actresses who were generally under-used in movies but could have done OH SO MUCH MORE. Some films work because of the script. Some work because of the director. And some work because of the chemistry. The day will come when film students of the future will look back at this era and have to content themselves with the slim body of work left behind by both these actresses. Arguably for example FAMILY MAN is Leoni's best role and indeed some of her fans claim to have seen the film over a dozen times. This unusual outing, THE ANSWER MAN, is arguably Graham's best effort. Sure the script is weak. Sure there are stretches when nothing seems to happen. But through it all we have the odd chemistry between Daniels (way before his breakout role in Newsroom) and Graham. This the glue that makes this film special. And memorable.

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