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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
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Peter Patrikios ... Ross
Greg Wood 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.

Genres:

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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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

After Arlen puts the 45 record on, he jostles the stereo when he has his first back spasm. The needle clearly bounces off of the record but the music continues playing. After he falls to the floor, a close up of the record still playing is shown. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.114 (2012) See more »

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Flower Duet
from LAKME
Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Adriana Kohutkova, Denisa Slepkovska
with the Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Johannes Wildner
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source Q
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Well done but yet medium rare
24 January 2009 | by sarahrckSee all my reviews

This film is a good all around romantic dramedy. All the characters in the story become interconnected and realize that as much as their problems are personal they need the company of others to help them through life. The idea that "you are your own worst enemy" is thematic here and the quirky lifestyles of these Philly dwellers help ease the tension in what could be very uncomfortable dramatic scenes. Its been hard to find a romantic comedy that stays away from sex and the city like characters or tween indie pastel colored cult movies. Arlen Faber offers us a tasteful unpretentious refreshing and funny kick back film. And for the record this movie wasn't overly godly, something that I was afraid of when choosing what to see at Sundance. The religious themes are pretty minimal and I don't leave the theater thinking that I need to rethink my relationship with God or religion.


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