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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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30 December 2009 (France)  »

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

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$25,589 (USA) (7 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 has the girl attempt to sell one of his used books the girl looks directly at the camera for a brief second. See more »

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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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Written by Bruce Connole
Performed by The Jetzons
Courtesy of Fervor Records, a division of Wild Whirled Music
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If you saw William Shatner on SNL, you will know what happens
19 August 2009 | by (san ramon ca) – See all my reviews

When Shatner told Trekkies in an SNL skit to "get a life" he really meant it, and writer Arlen Faber(Jeff Daniels) really meant it in this film too when he said something similar to all the bookstore-signing attendees who were as fervent as any Trekkie, and all waiting excitedly for a signed copy of his blockbuster God's Answers book they could then drool over forever as they savored God's cosmic answers to every little thing in life, as told by God to Arlen Faber, who "actually spoke with God"(not!). You will have to see it to fully understand this part.

I totally liked this film for about 5/6th of it, as it's story's cleverness reminded me of the unique and quirky magic of Waitress or Big Fish, or even one of the best Woody Allan tales. But, I thought the ending was flatter and more forced compared to the rest of it, and needed a more inspired and extended premise and execution for fullest success. It seemed rushed and inconsistent with the great buildup to it.

Good magic overall but should have had a more fulfilling ending. It deserved better.


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