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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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... Harold Crick
... IRS Co-Worker #1
Guy Massey ... IRS Co-Worker #2
Martha Espinoza ... IRS Co-Worker #3
T.J. Jagodowski ... IRS Co-Worker #4
... IRS Co-Worker #5
Ricky Adams ... Young Boy
... Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes ... Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder ... Polish Woman
... IRS Co-Worker #6
... Dave
... Ana Pascal
... Bakery Employee #1
Helen Young ... Bakery Customer #1
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Storyline

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late. Written by the lexster

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He's not crazy. He's just written that way. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and nudity | See all certifications »

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Killing Harold Crick  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,411,093, 12 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,137,776, 17 December 2006
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The guitar that the narrator describes as saying, "Why yes, these pants are Lycra", is a Gibson Flying V Korina. The white one next to it is a normal Flying V. See more »

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Harold's apartment is partially destroyed by a front-end loader with hydraulic forks hooked to it. When the foreman sees Harold he shouts "Stop the crane!" which it is not. See more »

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Dr. Mittag-Leffler: Mr. Crick, you have a voice speaking to you.
Harold Crick: No, not to me - about me. I'm somehow involved in some sort of story, like I'm a character in my own life. But, the problem is that the voice comes and goes, like there are other parts of the story not being told to me. And I need to find out what those other parts are before it's too late.
Dr. Mittag-Leffler: Before the story concludes with your death.
Harold Crick: Yes.
Dr. Mittag-Leffler: [clears throat] Mr. Crick, I hate to sound like a broken record, but that's schizophrenia.
Harold Crick: You don't sound like a ...
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the names of the characters and the actors who played them were displayed against stylized images of the places where the characters worked. See more »

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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Dubbing In The Back Seat
(1989)
Written by Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Performed by The Upsetters
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group, Ltd.
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Great script
6 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Chicago Film Festival opening last night. I went not knowing a thing about it in advance, and was pleasantly surprised. I'd suggest that people DON'T read specifics about this film before seeing it.

The story/script is fantastic - I'd be surprised if it didn't get nominated for the big original screenplay awards. It's interesting, funny, poignant, and quite charming, actually.

The casting in general is wonderful... As someone else said, Hoffman is perfectly understated... I'd never seen Maggie Gyllenhaal before, but I'm a fan after seeing this one. And Emma Thompson could see a best supporting actress nod for this film.

Sadly, I thought the film's weakest point was the casting of Will Ferrell in the lead. He's not bad by any means, but he just doesn't work at the same level as the rest of the cast. Kudos to him for what he DOES accomplish in this film, but it would've had plenty of starpower without him, and the role could've been used to showcase someone else's talent.

All in all, thumbs up.

Just my two cents.


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