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The Answer Man (2009)

Arlen Faber (original title)
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A reclusive author of spiritual books is pursued for advice by a single mother and a man fresh out of rehab.

Director:

John Hindman

Writer:

John Hindman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sally Mercer ... Customer
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dream of the Romans See more »

Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,998, 26 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,589, 9 August 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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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[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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I Love You
Written by Bruce Connole
Performed by The Jetzons
Courtesy of Fervor Records, a division of Wild Whirled Music
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A welcome relief from the mainstream Hollywood movies
31 October 2009 | by SauliusZSee all my reviews

A little bit of comedy, a little bit of romance, some soul searching, but not a romantic comedy or "romcom" by any means. Enjoyable to watch for over 25's, I guess.

Would be a great movie, but the story needed a lot of developing. Director and screenplay author John Hindman takes a love story and tries to include some points on "meaning of life" and "how to live your live", and a few laughs, too, just a right amount for general public. Could be a great movie, but whoever cut it, made it "too accessible" for everybody, if you know what I mean. 'Artsy-fartsy' types would tear this movie to pieces, that's for sure.

Actors did a good job, Jeff Daniels in particular. So go and watch the movie, especially if you are on a date. No uncomfortable moments, and a bit of a laugh for both sexes. Love story helps, too.


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