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Real Harvey: "Here's me. Well, the guy playin' me anyway. Even though he don't look nothin' like me. But, whatever."
on August 25, 2014
AMERICAN SPLENDOR is a weird film about an even weirder real person, cartoon story writer Harvey Pekar.
When the reclusive Harvey shows his cartoon scripts to fellow weirdo Clevelander Bob Crumb (creator of Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat), the artist offers to illustrate them. Thus was born the legendary American Splendor comic book series.
These mundane stories of Harvey's boring life as a hospital file clerk, used record dealer and all-around loser catch on with the comic-buying public. He appears several times on David Letterman's late night TV show and marries a gal as odd as he is.
Pekar himself narrates this biopic and a few of the actual folks depicted here appear occasionally. Like Harvey's books, this one's mundane yet compelling.
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(7.5) American Splendor (2003) - Paul Giamatti/Hope Davis/James Urbaniak/Judah Friedlander/Shari Springer Berman-voice (plus the real: Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner and Toby Radloff)