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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Will Ferrell , Emma Thompson , Marc Forster  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Directors: Marc Forster
  • Writers: Zach Helm
  • Producers: Aubrey Henderson, Eric Kopeloff, Hans Ritter, Jim Miller, Joseph Drake
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXH0AE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stranger Than Fiction" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Actors In Search Of A Story: Marc Forster discusses why each cast member was such an integral part of the film
  • Building The Team: Director Marc Forster discusses the importance and contribution of each of his “team” members including Director of Photography, Production Design, Costume Designer, Writer, Producers, Editors, VFX team, etc.
  • On Location in Chicago: An in-depth look at why Chicago was chosen as the place to shoot the film
  • Words on a Page : An interview with Lindsay Doran (producer) and Zach Helm (writer)
  • Picture a Number: A look at the  Special Effects
  • On The Set: A montage of funny on the set moments

Editorial Reviews

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Much was written about Will Ferrell's first "dramatic role" as Harold Crick, an IRS auditor who begins hearing a voice narrating his life. But Stranger Than Fiction is hardly a drama. However, what Ferrell does--like Jim Carrey before him in The Truman Show--is handle a toned-down character with genuineness and affection: you believe he is this guy. Crick leads a lonely life filled with numbers and routines. While at first he considers the voice a nuisance, Crick decides more action is needed when it speaks of "his demise." Enter Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), who takes on the absurd notion with revelry, trying to find out what kind of book Crick's life is leading. It turns out that the voice Crick is hearing belongs to Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson), a very real--and troubled--author who is writing a book in which Crick is a fictional character. As usual with these things, the stuffed shirt learns to live a better life--Crick even falls for one of his audits, a brash baker named Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Marc Foster (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland) has the right tone for the film, using great urban scenes (the unnamed city is Chicago) with interesting visualizations of Crick's world of numbers. He also directs Ferrell, Hoffman, and Gyllenhaal to their most charming performances (plus Linda Hunt and Tom Hulce pop up in two funny scenes). Ferrell succeeds in being a romantic lead you can root for; a scene where he eats Ana's freshly baked cookies is totally delightful without a hint of sarcasm. Screenwriter Zach Helm has two personal traits with his story: like Crick he followed his heart (he stopped rewriting scripts and only worked on his own) and like Eiffel, the final results are not a masterpiece, but good, and entertaining enough. Britt Daniel of the band Spoon worked on the dynamite soundtrack.--Doug Thomas


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Product Description

Will Ferrell, Queen Latifah, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman. Harold Crick is a strangely isolated IRS agent who begins to hear the intrusive voice of an author who's narrating her latest novel about a fictional character. But the intimate details of her narrative happen to coincide with every detail of Harold's dull life. 2006/color/113 min/PG-13.

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135 of 146 people found the following review helpful
The idea of "Stranger Than Fiction" appealed to me the moment I first heard of it. Harold Crick, played by Will Ferrell, wakes up one day and hears a voice. An omniscient narrator is relating his life with precision and no one can hear that voice but himself. It turns out that the voice is Emma Thompson, playing a famed author who is actually writing a novel about a character named Harold Crick. And it's the same Harold Crick. What is being put down in fiction is also concurrently happening in real life. It's a tricky concept, one that I felt might be impossible to pull off effectively. Well, not only does "Stranger Than Fiction" pull it off--it succeeds grandly as a surprisingly thoughtful, amusing, and moving contemplation of life. For Harold must immediately confront his mortality when the narrator informs him/us that he will soon die!

The complicated narrative of the film is pulled off brilliantly. The overlapping structure necessary to maintain the momentum and cohesion of the film must be attributed to a clever, intricate screenplay. Literate, witty, and real--it's a real treat. Lots of interesting effects help to pull the two worlds together making even the most mundane moments of Harold's life visually compelling. The movie's construction is fascinating and enjoyable.

Will Ferrell reins in his typical "overgrown kid" persona, and plays Harold as a real guy. It's refreshing and while I've never considered him a leading man type--his tentative romance with Maggie Gyllenhaal (while a bit of a stretch) is played very credibly and sweetly. Dustin Hoffman, as a literature professor helping Harold discover what book he's in, is having a great time. But it's Emma Thompson that stole my heart.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky and Pleasant Surprise November 23, 2006
A disclaimer: I've got a high tolerance for quirky and this film certainly qualifies as such. I loved it, but I love quirky films a lot more than the mainstream moviegoer.

I went to see this movie on a whim and so I didn't quite know what I was getting into. But a few minutes into it I just KNEW that it was going to be one of my favorites. And, indeed, it is one of the best films I've seen in the theater in a while. I smiled throughout the whole of it.

The story is new. The characters are engaging. And the plot is so very random that it just works.

Now I'm one of those people who ALWAYS questions the logistics of say *time travel* and/or *magic doorways* but this film was so very charming that I wasn't bothered by how incredibly non-sensical it seems: an author *creates* Will Ferrell's character and can decide if he lives or dies with her *typewriter*?

Oy.

The fact of the matter is, it's a fairy tale of sorts for a new and modern society. It's filmed in such an aesthetically astute manner. The actors are at their very best and most endearing. And the writing is wholly engaging.

It's NOT your typical Will Ferrell movie and if you go into it expecting fart jokes and prat falls, you'll be disappointed. But if you go into it with an open mind and a receptive heart, I imagine you'll be quite touched by the ideas it's trying to negotiate in its sweet and clumsy way.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Funny . . . And Odd April 1, 2007
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I loved this movie. It is funny and odd, but it has a lot of heart to it. The writing is so good that my friends and I thought at first that it must be adapted from a larger work, such as a book. The characters are that well crafted and the story that unique. These are not things most comedies bother with at present. Now, I'm calling this a comedy, but it will pull on your emotions a bit. Its all worth it though. The acting is great, which is not unexpected given the cast. If you love movies and are looking for something kind of different and original this is a good way to go. A really fun film to watch.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love festival time! October 7, 2006
"Stranger than Fiction" opened the 42nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival. Dustin Hoffman, who plays one of the central characters in the film, was presented with the festival's Career Achievement Award and Will Ferrell participated in the ceremony. This highly clever literary/cinematic dramady is about a writer of tragedy novels who struggles with how to end her latest. As Kay Eiffel, played by Emma Thompson, imagines how to kill off her main character, her thoughts are in some way transmitted to a real man whose actual life is exactly the same as the character in the novel. Sound Trippy? Well it is; talk about being connected to your character! Will Ferrell plays Harold Crick, the main character. Harold consults with a therapist for help, unsure if he's going crazy hearing the voice of a woman literally narrate his life. Unconvinced of the therapist's diagnosis, he is referred to Dr. Jules Hilbert, played by Dustin Hoffman, for further analysis. As the novel and Harold's life unfolds, Harold finds himself in a literally literary struggle to have a life by saving his life.

This film works on so many levels. First, it is a skillful display of the writing process and the importance of knowing your character - literally getting in his head. The film also displays the often talked about attachment that writers can have to their characters even though that attachment could cloud the creative process necessary to finish the novel. Skillful writers are able to create characters that are so real and believable that killing them is nearly impossible. Is it the characters that drive a good story or are they subordinate to the story that they serve?
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I really like this movie and this is a DVD of the movie, so buy it if you like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Shipped quickly and a fantastic movie. Just don't go in expecting it to be Will Ferrell being his normal non serious roles. He makes an actual attempt to act in this one.
Published 17 days ago by Andrew King
3.0 out of 5 stars There are many great features to this thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this movie so much I had to buy it
I had already seen this movie before, but I liked it so much that I wanted to have my own copy. This was not only because I wanted to watch it again, but also that I wanted to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will Ferris on a different path...
Just another side to this actor, it was so much fun to watch, dark comedy full of life lessons. Of course, it did have his twisted humor throughout the movie, but just not in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jeni
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
ARRIVED EARLY AND EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED!

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Published 1 month ago by Bret D. Bosher
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a big Will Farrell Fan...However
This movie has been a favorite of mine for years, and have been waiting to record it to my DVR but is never on any of the premimum movie channels, so I poped for the hard copy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but seemed funnier in commercials
I saw a old commercial for this movie and could not find it anywhere where I lived.
I ordered this movie on amazon, and while I did like it, it wasn't as funny as I thought it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
This movie was a little different, and that is what made it so funny. It also had a serious side to it which gave it a great ending. Highly recommended!.
Published 2 months ago by Grant N. Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique and entertaining
This is an intriguing story, done very well... though with a slightly in satisfying ending (in my opinion). Read more
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