MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,324 this week

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

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 5,003 users   Metascore: 44/100
Reviews: 25 user | 57 critic | 16 from Metacritic.com

A reclusive author of spiritual books, is pursued for advice by a single mother and a man fresh out of rehab.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 27 Jun 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 25 Nov 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 14 Oct 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Answer Man" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Answer Man (2009)

The Answer Man (2009) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Answer Man.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tells the story of a city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate.

Director: Michael Goldbach
Stars: Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell
Defendor (2009)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A comedy centered around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he's a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager he befriends.

Director: Peter Stebbings
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A mockumentary about the rise and fall of Hollywood's life coach to the stars.

Director: Josh Stolberg
Stars: Ian Bagg, Greg Baker, Bernadette Birkett
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A regular guy struggles with a repressive home and professional life, as well as making amends for the trouble his free-spirited brother and sister cause about town.

Director: Craig Lucas
Stars: Matthew Perry, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An 80-year-old man continues to pursue his love life with youthful vigor, risking his relationship with the woman he loves. Based on the short stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Director: Jan Schütte
Stars: Otto Tausig, Rhea Perlman, Barbara Hershey
Lucky 13 (2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A man revisits the previous significant girlfriends in his life in order to win over the girl of his dreams.

Director: Chris Hall
Stars: Brad Hunt, Harland Williams, Lauren Graham
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

Director: Marc Abraham
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drama centered around Renee Yohe and her battle with drugs, depression, and other life issues that ultimately leads to the founding of charity group To Write Love on Her Arms.

Director: Nathan Frankowski
Stars: Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray, Rupert Friend
The Bridget Show (TV Movie 2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Lauren Graham, Lucy Davis, Holly Robinson Peete
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can't find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home... See full summary »

Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Director: Adam Neustadter
Stars: Alex Beh, Kat Dennings, Mac Hanson
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Jake Szymanski
Stars: Michael Daniel Cassady, Jeff Daniels, Colton Dunn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mailman
...
...
...
...
Ross
Greg Wood ...
Businessman #1
...
Journalist
...
Paul
Sally Mercer ...
Customer
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 December 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Answer Man  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$25,589 (USA) (7 August 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

After Arlen puts the 45 record on, he jostles the stereo when he has his first back spasm. The needle clearly bounces off of the record but the music continues playing. After he falls to the floor, a close up of the record still playing is shown. See more »

Quotes

[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!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.114 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Wait Too Long
Written by Madeleine Peyroux, Jesse Harris and Larry Klein
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
Courtesy of Rounder Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Fantastic Performance by Jeff Daniels!
5 May 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Jeff Daniels is a legendary actor, at least in my opinion. Take a look at his body of work & you'll understand what I'm saying. Daniels is a versatile actor, who very surprisingly has never been Nominated for an Academy-Award. In 'The Answer Man', Daniels delivers A Fantastic Performance, proving once again how good he is!

'The Answer Man' Synopsis: A reclusive author of spiritual books, is pursued for advice by a single mother and a man fresh out of rehab.

'The Answer Man' is an ordinary fare, that has some moments. The Screenplay does deliver some great moments, but, at times, it loses pace & drags itself. John Hindman's Direction is definitely well-done.

Apart from Daniels's Fantastic, Impeccable Performance, 'The Answer Man' turns out to be a one-time watch.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I loved this movie IloveCrabs
filming location steinnic
Arlen's answers muse5883
holy crap, lauren graham... GilmoreJunkie202
up until the last five minutes.... flowerchild413
Favorite part of the movie? roxist
Discuss The Answer Man (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?