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A novelist struggling to complete her latest, and potentially finest, book, she only has to find a way to kill off her main character, Harold Crick, and she'll be done. Little does she know that Harold Crick is inexplicably alive and well in the real world and suddenly aware of her worlds. Fiction and reality collide when the bewildered and hilariously resistant Harold hears what she has in mind and realizes he must find a way to change her (and his) ending.
Comedy - Despite the very comedic ad campaign, this is more of a dramedy,
star Will Ferrell playing the straight man. That said, there is a
fair amount of comedy and the premise is one of sheer fantasy, but
it's not the wackiness Ferrell fans will expect from his films.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 179 moviegoers:
TEENS: The vast majority of both males and females really enjoyed "Stranger Than Fiction." Highly Recommended To Teens!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The males really enjoyed this movie. Highly recommended for them. Unfortunately, the females didn't enjoy it nearly as well. Only around half truly enjoyed it. Luckily, most of the remaining half rated it as average, with only a few lower opinions. Not a movie I can strongly recommend to the ladies, but most of you will find it, at least somewhat, enjoyable.
ADULTS: Great opinions from the guys. Most enjoyed it very much and the rest rated it as average. Highly Recommended!
As for the ladies, there opinions are good, but a little weak on the lower end. There are too many average and below average opinions for a strong recommendation. Most of you will enjoy "Stranger Than Fiction" very much, but quite a few may be somewhat disappointed.
One morning, a seemingly average and generally solitary IRS agent named
Harold Crick begins to hear a female voice narrating his every action, thought
and feeling in alarmingly precise detail. Harold's carefully controlled life is turned
upside down by this narration only he can hear, and when the voice declares that
Harold Crick is facing imminent death, he realizes he must find out who is writing
his story and persuade her to change the ending.
The voice in Harold's head turns out to be the once celebrated, but now nearly
forgotten, novelist Karen "Kay" Eiffel (Emma Thompson), who is struggling to find
an ending for what might be her best book. Her only remaining challenge is to
figure out a way to kill her main character, but little does she know that Harold
Crick is alive and well and inexplicably aware of her words and her plans for him.
To make matters worse, Kay's publisher has dispatched a hard-nosed
"assistant," Penny Escher (Queen Latifah), to force Kay to finish her novel and
finish off Harold Crick.
Desperate to take control of his destiny and avoid an untimely demise, Harold
seeks help from a literary theorist named Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), who
suggests that Harold might be able to change his fate by turning his story from a
tragedy into a comedy. Professor Hilbert suggests that Harold try to follow one of
comedy's most elemental formulas: a love story between two people who hate
each other. His suggestion leads Harold to initiate an unlikely romance with a
free-spirited baker named Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
As Harold experiences true love and true life for the first time, he becomes
convinced that he has escaped his fate, as his story seems to be taking on all the
trappings of a comedy in which he will not, and cannot, die. But Harold is
unaware that in a Karen Eiffel tragedy, the lead characters always die at exactly
the moment when they have the most to live for. Harold and Kay find themselves
in unexplored territory as each must weigh the value of a single human existence
against what might just be an immortal work of art: a novel about life and death
— and taxes.