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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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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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Also Known As:
"Arlen Faber" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for language
97 min | USA:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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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References Clash of the Titans (1981)See more »
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23 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Doesn't have the answer, 21 July 2009
Author: C-Younkin from United States

When drama is rushed it can feel like the slowest thing in the world. The characters never get any time to breathe. The turmoil that they go through feels so compact, tidy, and meager that it's like your watching nothing at all. That's what it's like watching "The Answer Man", writer/director John Hindman's dramedy-romance about trying to find God and the answers to life's problems. The quest for life's answers seems like a subject done before and this movie is way too bland, stale, and unbelievable to really find the heart.

Jeff Daniels plays Arlen Faber, who 20 years ago wrote a book called "Me and God", centering around a conversation he had with the big man himself. The book was a mega-hit but nobody has ever really seen Faber in person. Perhaps because he's a reclusive, angry, stressed out asshole that hates people. He spends his days reading other self-help books and meditating; neither seems to lighten his miserable mood though. When he throws his back out one day, he meets a chiropractor named Elizabeth (Lauren Graham), an obsessive single mother trying to raise a young son. She has no idea who Arlen is at first but after reading the book, she seems to think that he is the one for her. Luckily he likes her too. Kris (Lou Taylor Pucci) completes this tripod of people. He's a recovering alcoholic, just out of rehab, managing a failing bookstore.

The whole thing follows James L. Brooks' "As Good as it Gets", without ever reaching a great movie, or even a good one. These people will come together and help each other but it's all done in such a weak and contrived way that none of it is effective. Arlen wants to get rid of some books so he makes a deal with Kris in exchange for some life answers. But can't Arlen just throw them away and not be bothered with Kris at all? And who is Arlen exactly? He changes from miserable crank to charming romantic lead with the snap of a finger. Saying he hates people in one scene and then taking on this silly relationship with Elizabeth where he shows her his monster action figure collection and befriends and acts as father to her young son are very schizophrenic and unbelievable. And Kris' failing business, his alcohol problem, Elizabeth's struggles raising a young son, and the daddy issues that Arlen, Kris and the son have are all given short shrift so that we can see a too-cute romance that never gets off the ground.

If Hindman had taken more risks and allowed us to empathize with the characters a little more, this movie would have been much better but it just feels like everyone is trying to shoot it and then move on. No care is given. Daniels tries. He's a good physical comedian and some of the movies best lines come at his most cranky. "I hope to find a cure for people who listen to techno" Arlen mumbles at one point. Graham has a nice smile but she's not called upon to do much. And Pucci tries to grapple with the weight of addiction but he seems more like a fifth wheel than a character and his plot line is just distracting.

"The Answer Man" looked like a mature, adult answer to some of the crappier romantic comedies coming out this year but it winds up getting it mostly wrong.

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