I.R.S. auditor Harold Crick 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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Marc Forster

Writer:

Zach Helm
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Harold Crick
William Dick ... IRS Co-Worker #1
Guy Massey Guy Massey ... IRS Co-Worker #2
Martha Espinoza Martha Espinoza ... IRS Co-Worker #3
T.J. Jagodowski T.J. Jagodowski ... IRS Co-Worker #4
Peter Grosz ... IRS Co-Worker #5
Ricky Adams Ricky Adams ... Young Boy
Christian Stolte ... Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes Denise Hughes ... Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder Peggy Roeder ... Polish Woman
Tonray Ho ... IRS Co-Worker #6
Tony Hale ... Dave
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Ana Pascal
Danny Rhodes ... Bakery Employee #1
Helen Young 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 (Will Ferrell) is your average I.R.S. Agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside of his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on television. 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The guitar that the narrator describes by saying "I'm compensating for something. Guess what?" is a Cherry Gibson EDS-1275, the guitar made famous by Jimmy Page. See more »

Goofs

When Harold and Dave eat dinner and discuss what one would do if they knew they were going to die, as the camera cuts back and forth there appears to be a piece of melon in the middle of the table or on one of the plates and it comes and goes depending on the shot. See more »

Quotes

[to Harold during their first meeting]
Ana Pascal: Get bent, Tax Man!
[gets everyone else in the bakery to boo Harold]
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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 Manhattan (1979) See more »

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Love You
(1978)
Written by Sandra Dedrick (as S. Zynczak) and Joseph E. Zynczak (as J. Zynczak)
Performed by The Free Design
Courtesy of Light in the Attic Records / The Total Sound Inc.
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What if your life really WAS a book?
5 October 2006 | by babsbnzSee all my reviews

Fantasy movie, a la "Groundhog Day" where a man, Harold Crick in this case, finds he has no control over his life....which leads to him really appreciate his life. Although the premise is clearly fantasy, the concept is intriguing and compelling.

Cast is terrific; those who usually over-act, e.g. Dustin Hoffman and Will Ferrell, play it lower-keyed and believable. Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah and Maggie Gyllenhall (and Tom Hulce, almost unrecognizable in a single scene)round out the excellent cast .

A feel-good movie, mostly comedy but with some tragic undertones.

Close to two hours but you won't be looking at your watch very often.


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Official Sites:

Sony [United States]

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Harold Crick See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,411,093, 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$40,660,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,653,224
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1.85 : 1
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