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The Answer Man (2009)

Arlen Faber (original title)
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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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30 December 2009 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,998, 26 July 2009, Limited Release

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$25,589, 9 August 2009
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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 »

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When Arlen first tries to sell books to the bookstore he is taking a different number to or from the cart or counter each time the camera leaves and returns to his character (takes two but has three and visa versa). See more »

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

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Flower Duet
from LAKME
Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Adriana Kohutkova, Denisa Slepkovska
with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johannes Wildner
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source Q
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Enjoyable and thoughtful
13 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

This film follows the mystery man who wrote the most popular book of all time, answers that he has for God and the answer to them. He stays in recluse and is infuriated by his search for true spirituality, and in lieu of searching for the solution for his back issues he is entranced by a woman who hasn't heard of him.

The follows three people in their life and how they come to effect one another and while romance.

Movie with some very thoughtful, quirky quotes ever.

Enjoyable and thoughtful this is one of my favorite movies with Jeff Daniels, or at least my introduction to the brilliance of Jeff Daniels.


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