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The Answer Man (2009)
"Arlen Faber" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  30 December 2009 (France)
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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.


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 December 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Answer Man  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.78 : 1
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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 »


Isn't It Romantic
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A welcome relief from the mainstream Hollywood movies
31 October 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A little bit of comedy, a little bit of romance, some soul searching, but not a romantic comedy or "romcom" by any means. Enjoyable to watch for over 25's, I guess.

Would be a great movie, but the story needed a lot of developing. Director and screenplay author John Hindman takes a love story and tries to include some points on "meaning of life" and "how to live your live", and a few laughs, too, just a right amount for general public. Could be a great movie, but whoever cut it, made it "too accessible" for everybody, if you know what I mean. 'Artsy-fartsy' types would tear this movie to pieces, that's for sure.

Actors did a good job, Jeff Daniels in particular. So go and watch the movie, especially if you are on a date. No uncomfortable moments, and a bit of a laugh for both sexes. Love story helps, too.

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