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The Answer Man (2009) More at IMDbPro »Arlen Faber (original title)

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The Answer Man -- A reclusive, world-renown author learns to embrace life again when he throws out his back and falls for his chiropractor, a beautiful single mom.
The Answer Man -- 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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30 December 2009 (France) See more »
He wrote the book on life's big questions. But the truth is he hasn't got a clue.
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  (in credits order)

Jeff Daniels ... Arlen Faber

Lauren Graham ... Elizabeth

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Kris Lucas

Olivia Thirlby ... Anne

Kat Dennings ... Dahlia

Nora Dunn ... Terry Fraser

Tony Hale ... Mailman

Annie Corley ... Mrs. Gold

Max Antisell ... Alex

Thomas Roy ... Riley Lucas

Peter Patrikios ... Ross
Greg Wood ... Businessman #1

Richard Lyntton ... Journalist

Richard Barlow ... Paul
Sally Mercer ... Customer
Lauren Emily Jacobs ... Young Girl (as Lauren Jacobs)
David Mulholland ... Male Customer
Charles J. Corrado Jr. ... Roy (as Chalie Corrado)
Bev Appleton ... Patient

Sylvia Kauders ... Old Woman
Sandra Landers ... Singing Wife
Ginny Graham ... Singing Grandmother
Conor O'Brien ... Singing Son

Morgan Turner ... Singing Daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valerie Bittner ... Restaurant patron (uncredited)

Robert Bizik ... Fan of Arlen Faber (uncredited)

Brandon Hanson ... Ty (uncredited)
Ricky Heidelbaugh ... School Boy (uncredited)

Gina Hernandez ... Book Signing Patron (uncredited)

William James Kelly ... Bookstore Customer (uncredited)

Basil Kershner ... Businessman (uncredited)
David Kneeream ... Business Man (uncredited)
Nicole Lee ... Bookstore Customer (uncredited)
Marguerite Mastromatto ... Teacher (uncredited)
Jeffrey Mowery ... Fan of Arlen Faber (uncredited)

Michelle Nagy ... Cute Girl on Street (uncredited)
Jean Orlando ... Chiropractor Patient (uncredited)

Steven Pasquale ... Elizabeth's Date (uncredited)

Charles Pendelton ... Dining guest (uncredited)

Vincent Riviezzo ... Theater Attendee (uncredited)
Chuck Schanamann ... Bookstore Customer (uncredited)
David Adam Smith ... AA Member (uncredited)
Francine Bianco Tax ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dan Van Wert ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
John Wooten ... Parent (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hindman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Hindman  written by

Produced by
Deborah Aquila .... co-producer
Rachel Cohen .... executive producer
Daniel Crown .... executive producer
Jana Edelbaum .... producer
Peter Graham .... executive producer
Stephen Hays .... executive producer
Michael Lesser .... executive producer
Kevin J. Messick .... producer
Rebecca Rivo .... co-producer
Original Music by
Teddy Castellucci 
Cinematography by
Oliver Bokelberg 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jennifer L. Smith 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Alex DiGerlando 
Art Direction by
Dawn Masi 
Set Decoration by
Bruce Sumerfield 
Costume Design by
Rebecca Gregg  (as Rebecca Bentjen)
Makeup Department
Qodi Armstrong .... department head hairstylist
Diane Heller .... department head makeup artist
Janice Innella .... hair stylist (as Janice Inella)
Pamela Peitzman .... makeup artist (as Pamela Pietzman)
Production Management
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Wendy Mooradian .... production supervisor
David Townsend .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bobby Kennedy .... second second assistant director
Josh Newport .... first assistant director
Mark Shandley .... second assistant director (as Mark Shandlay)
Art Department
Brett Acker .... set dresser
Greta Alexander .... set dresser
Michelle Connolly .... scenic artist
Eric de Jesus .... scenic artist
Johanna Dinella .... scenic artist (as Johanne Dinello)
Burton Dodge .... scenic artist
Elizabeth Duby .... scenic artist
Kenneth H. Finn .... assistant property master (as Ken Finn)
Tom Groody .... set dresser
Jeffrey Heinbach .... art department intern
Samantha Higgins .... art department clearances
Erika S. Katz .... buyer (as Erika Katz)
Paul Maiello .... construction coordinator
Rodger Peterson .... scenic artist
Douglas Poland .... art department production assistant (as Doug Poland)
Charles J. Scott .... on-set dresser (as Chuck Scott)
John Sedlack .... art intern
Christine Sysko .... lead dresser
Steve Sysko .... gang boss
Adam Ursone .... art department intern
Eric Wahlstrom .... art department production assistant
Tom West .... set dresser
Jim Williams .... property master
Linda Yeckley .... camera scenic
Sound Department
Keith Anthony .... adr loop group
Michael J. Benavente .... supervising sound editor
Ranjani Brow .... adr loop group
June Christopher .... adr loop group
Jonathan Golodner .... sound editor (as Jonothan Golodner)
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Dominic Hoffman .... adr loop group
Wendy Hoffman .... adr loop group (as Wendy Hoffmann)
Richard Jannone .... adr loop group
Brian Jordan .... boom operator
Suhail Kafity .... sound editor (as Suhail F. Kafity)
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Tricia Linklater .... sound editor
Bruce Litecky .... sound mixer
Howard London .... adr mixer
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Nanaumi .... assistant sound editor
Juan Pacheco .... adr loop group
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Clay Savage .... adr loop group
Jill Sayre .... adr loop group
Daisy Torme .... adr loop group
Nello Torri .... sound re-recording mixer
James Wright .... dolby sound consultant
Visual Effects by
Ramzi Hogan .... animator
William Lebeda .... creative director
William Lebeda .... designer
David Midgen .... visual effects producer
Steve Pacheco .... designer
Nelson Yu .... animator
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Asbury .... gaffer
John Baer .... still photographer
Chris Beattie .... key grip
David Brandon .... electrician
Sheridan Braxton .... company grip
Bob Caldwell .... company electrician
Mark Catania .... company grip
René Crout .... second unit camera: first assistant
Bill Fiedler .... best boy electric
Dave Fortino .... company grip
Mara Galus .... second unit camera: second assistant
Thomas Greco .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera (as Tom Greco)
Nicholas Hahn .... first assistant camera: second unit
Wolfgang Held .... second unit director of photography
Colin Keech .... grip
April Lanci-Leseur .... b camera second assistant (as April Lanci)
Michael Leonard .... key first assistant camera (as Michael Asa Leonard)
Robert D. Liccio Jr. .... generator operator (as Robert Liccio Jr.)
Ken McCallum .... dolly grip
Rob Mock .... best boy grip
Vincent Morsillo .... electrician (as Vince Morsillo)
Mike Panczenko Jr. .... film loader (as Michael Panczenko)
John Pirozzi .... second unit director of photography
Lawrence Price .... generator operator
Leon Sanginiti .... a camera second assistant (as Leon Sanginiti Jr)
I. Nate Scaglione .... electrician (as Nate Scaglione)
Steven Seese .... electrician (as Steve Seese)
David Taicher .... camera operator: "a" camera
David Taicher .... steadicam operator
Greg Yurkivich .... company electrician
Kevin Kindle .... camera intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Regina Haigh .... casting assistant
Diane Heery .... casting: Philadelphia
Jason Loftus .... casting assistant: Philadelphia
Jennifer Painter .... casting assistant: Philadelphia (as Jen Painter)
Erin Toner .... casting associate: LA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel Courtney .... wardrobe intern
Sharon Curley .... costume production assistant
Honora Jackson .... key set costumer
Kara Morasco .... tailor
Kathie Pierson .... tailor
Andrew Salazar .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Glenn Cocco .... first assistant editor
Rob Giglio .... dailies film colorist
Dan Wesselman .... account manager
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Benjamin Wiser .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Mark Curry .... score mixer
Trevor Howard .... temp music
Greg Morgenstein .... music editor
Robert Puff .... music preparation
David Sabee .... conductor
David Sabee .... music contractor
Steven A. Saltzman .... music editor
Richard Ziegler .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ronald Bennett .... driver (as Ron Bennett)
Carl Erb .... driver
Joseph W. Kelly .... driver (as Joe Kelly)
Fred Linardis .... driver
Edward Lynch .... driver (as Ed Lynch)
William MacCready .... driver (as Bill MacCready)
Ed Malseed .... driver
John Morrone IV .... driver
George Naylor .... driver
George Palladino .... driver
Mark Simms .... driver: cast
John J. Sullivan .... transportation captain (as John Sullivan)
Alfred F. Weiss Jr. .... driver (as Al Weiss)
Joanne Wineland .... driver
Other crew
Alexis Abate .... intern
Nicole Agostino .... set production assistant
Kristofer Barton .... office production assistant (as Kris Barton)
Eric R. Bellamy .... payroll accountant
Gene Beneventano .... chef
Brooks Boutwell .... parking production assistant
Tim Bradley .... set production assistant
Matt Braunsdorf .... assistant to Ms. Edelbaum and Ms. Cohen
Chad Cohen .... insurance services
Carol A. Compton .... script clearances
Rachel Courtney .... intern
Jen Cox .... production accountant
Amy Cutler .... assistant location manager
Lee Davis .... script supervisor
Anthony DeFrancesco .... set production assistant
Sean Donnelly .... parking coordinator
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor
Dana Fadelli .... intern
John Galloway .... assistant location manager
Karen Gehres .... epk producer (as Karen Gheres)
Maria Giordano .... caterer
Dan Gorman .... location scout
Chris Gormley .... location assistant
Vanessa Gutin .... assistant production coordinator
Staci Hagenbaugh .... location manager
Samantha Higgins .... clearance coordinator: art
Jason Hines .... intern
Matthew Johnsen .... intern
Kathleen Kelly .... set medic
Kevin Kindle .... intern
Elizabeth Kitchens .... production secretary
Nick Klinger .... office production assistant
Jon Kussmaul .... film runner production assistant
Adam Leach .... assistant accountant
Patrick Lombardo .... assistant to Ms. Edelbaum and Ms. Cohen (as Pat Lombardo)
Gabriella Ludlow .... business and legal affairs
Sean Maher .... dailies film assistant
Jim McNutt .... set production assistant
David Midgen .... titles producer
John Molin Jr. .... intern
Michele Moser .... set tutor
Amy Newman .... parking production assistant
Bill Pichakm .... parking production assistant
David Raynor .... production coordinator
Dan Reddy .... craft service
Jeff Reed .... chef
Erica Rega .... intern
Darryl Rhodes .... epk crew
John Richman .... stand-in: for Mr. Daniels
Kelsey Robinson .... stand-in: for Ms. Graham
Marlena Schaefer .... parking coordinator
B.J. Schmidt .... epk crew
Adam Schoon .... production assistant
Dee Schuka .... post production accountant
Tom Selz .... business and legal affairs
James Sloane .... puppeteer
Christopher Sneade .... location coordinator (as Chris Sneade)
Ricky Staub .... office production assistant
Kate Stewart .... set production assistant
Ayumi Takashima .... intern
Sara Tonemah .... intern
Mariellen Ward .... set production assistant
Andy Williams .... dailies
Jodi Arnold .... the producers wish to thank
Karl R. Austen .... the producers wish to thank (as Karl Austen)
John Bottomly .... the producers wish to thank
Bob Burns .... the producers wish to thank
Charles Burns .... the producers wish to thank
James Casebere .... the producers wish to thank
Matthew Cohen .... the producers wish to thank
Calleen Cordero .... the producers wish to thank
Brian Freiburger .... the producers wish to thank
Matt Geuther .... the producers wish to thank
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones .... the producers wish to thank
Donna Korkes .... the producers wish to thank
Jessica Lacy .... the producers wish to thank
John Landis .... the producers wish to thank
Nikki Locke .... the producers wish to thank
Erich Lubatti .... the producers wish to thank
Jessica Matthews .... the producers wish to thank
Mark McCarty .... the producers wish to thank
Stephen McFeely .... the producers wish to thank
Brett Moore .... the producers wish to thank
Sharon Pinkenson .... the producers wish to thank
Willy Richardson .... the producers wish to thank
Chris Russell .... the producers wish to thank
Hal Sadoff .... the producers wish to thank
Steven Shapiro .... the producers wish to thank
Keith Shore .... the producers wish to thank
Rebecca Taylor .... the producers wish to thank
Alec Waddell .... the producers wish to thank
Eddy Yablans .... the producers wish to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Arlen Faber" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for language
97 min | USA:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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37 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable and different, 25 July 2009
Author: politically_incorrect204 from United States

I usually don't write reviews but rather I usually read them to see if the film is something I truly want to watch or not. But given the one, and only, poor review on here so far I thought I'd add some perspective.

This film centers around Arlen, who is a irritable man who once authored an existential book but now lives in recluse and away from prying eyes. His character I find fully believable because there are many people who write a book or several books but don't want the fame handed them, they just simply wanted to write a good story or get their thoughts out, the fame was mere collateral damage. This is how Jeff Daniel's character feels. He dislikes people and attention in general. Partially due to not wanting the fame but partially due to having his own personal demons and issues. Along comes a struggling chiropractor who is trying to get her own business going and also a struggling recovering alcoholic who is trying to keep his small bookstore open. Their paths converge in various ways, of which I won't tell to leave some mystery to the reader. The chiropractor (Lauren Graham) eventually becomes Arlen's romantic interest. But it is not a simple or easy relationship and I don't feel that Arlen makes a magical unbelievable change as the prior review states. He is at first softened by her professional expertise and out of appreciation seems to let a door open and try to get to know her. I'd say him liking her son, and kids in general it seems, is part of his character. I would also say his character opens up to the bookstore owner (Pucci) because he is honest and persistent, things Arlen admires. Everyone has their demons and flaws in this movie which I feel add a certain honesty to the film. It didn't feel particularly flawed or predictable. Although there are a couple turn points and their consequences that felt predictable but in all I'd say it wasn't that predictable because of the characters not being formulaic. I thought the pacing was in general nice and enjoyable. If you want a dark comedy that becomes a bit lighter and romantic then this is for you. I'd say its a bit smarter and more enjoyable then most of the made for rudimentary teens romantic teens out there. Take this review at what you will but please read this and the prior for a more balanced view point of the film.

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