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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Fraser
Mrs. Gold
Riley Lucas
Greg Wood ...
Businessman #1
Sally Mercer ...


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$12,998, 26 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,589, 9 August 2009
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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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La Pie Voleuse
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by 5 Alarm Musicians
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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love the Daniels Graham pairing
26 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

In 1988, Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) wrote the spirituality book "Me and God" which became a best seller and a worldwide success. It's 20 years later and his identity is still a secret. His agent Terry Fraser (Nora Dunn) says he is beyond the world or possessions but in reality, he's more of a misanthrope. His mailman (Tony Hale) is a fan but thinks he's Arlen's assistant. Kris Lucas (Lou Taylor Pucci) returns from rehab to find his bookstore closed for 27 days after his assistant Dahlia (Kat Dennings) lost the keys. He is struggling with sobriety while living with his drunken father. Arlen is so frustrated that he tries to give away a stack of his books to Kris but Kris refuses. Arlen throws out his back and gets single-mom chiropractor Elizabeth (Lauren Graham). Anne (Olivia Thirlby) is her receptionist.

The good aspect is the abundance of good actors in the cast. I love many of these actors. The pairing of Daniels and Graham is a great start. There are probably one or two too many characters. This could have been a nice rom-com. However, it tries to do so many things with these many characters. The theological stuff doesn't really work. It's too disruptive and Kris' struggle is distracting. In the end, this doesn't work quite enough.

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