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At Theaters: 11/10/2006 On Video: 2/27/2007
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 479906
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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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.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy - Despite the very comedic ad campaign, this is more of a dramedy, with 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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Will Ferrell TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY
Maggie Gyllenhaal WORLD TRADE CENTER, MONA LISA SMILE
Dustin Hoffman MEET THE FOCKERS, FINDING NEVERLAND
Queen Latifah ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN, LAST HOLIDAY, BEAUTY SHOP
Emma Thompson NANNY MCPHEE, LOVE ACTUALLY, TREASURE PLANET
Director: Marc Forster STAY, FINDING NEVERLAND, MONSTER'S BALL
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Production Notes Heading
The Genesis of Stranger Than Fiction
Will Ferrell Meets Harold Crick
Emma Thompson As Novelist Karen Eiffel
About Other Characters
About The Film's Visual Design
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 1 S-word, 2 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Automobile accidents and animal attacks.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic situations and dialogue.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good Stranger than Fiction is a wonderful cinematic experience - a welcome way to spend a chilly autumn evening.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good What a thoughtful film this is, and how thought-stirring.

USA Today Full Review
Good Besides being inventive and witty, Stranger Than Fiction is a tribute to the power of literature.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 179 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
28
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
27
Very High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
13
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
Fairly High
94%
30+Adults (M)
40
Very High
98%
30+Adults (F)
54
High
89%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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