Stranger Than Fiction details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson, Tony Hale|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure - Romantic, Drama - Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - General, Television|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
Stranger Than Fiction
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Apr 2007|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Will Ferrell, an IRS auditor, suddenly finds himself the subject of narration that only he can hear. It begins to take over his life.
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Masterpiece of its typeBy BH101 (35 reviews) from Cambridge , 11 Dec 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]This is, for me, the Groundhog Day of the 00s. It's a hugely engaging, quirky high-concept film which could have gone so horribly wrong in dozens of ways, and yet - it steers a path through all the potential traps to deliver something that is very funny, very moving and very memorable. Will Ferrell is perfectly cast as Harold Crick and rarely will you feel such empathy with a character in a film as he struggles to come to terms with the strange way in which his life is unfolding. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson bring a richness to their respective supporting roles, and Maggie Gyllenhaal is as winning as usual as the love interest.
The script contains just the right balance of humour, pathos and drama. The opening few minutes may irritate you, as you adjust to the eccentric style and tone of this film, but once it hits its stride, it's truly captivating. There's not quite enough for Queen Latifah to do, and there are a few sections which drag a tiny bit around the middle, but these are small criticisms of a masterly piece of work, which offers something genuinely different and refreshing. The scene in which Hoffman attempts to discern by interrogating Harold what the nature of the narrative is in which he is the hero - a comedy or a tragedy - is a standout moment at the heart of this clever and superb film. I think people will be talking about this film in years to come in the same affectionate manner as they do Groundhog Day. But history may prove me wrong on that. It's just a great example of a film which gets pretty much everything right, and the result is sheer entertainment.
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Very strange fictionBy Bobsview (554 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 05 Apr 2013Fantastic cast (Thomson, Hoffman) but ridiculous plot of person whos life is being controlled by author writing a novel. He realizes he is the hero of the novel and there is no escape from a tragic ending. Tries to be deep and meaningful at the end.
Thompson and Ferrell are superbBy twosoddingcats (214 reviews) from Kingston-upon-Thames , 25 Mar 2013Emma Thompson is a writer suffering from writers block- she hasnt figured out how to kill off her hero, Harold Crick, and she always kills off her heros. Queen Latifah is sent by the publisher as an authors assistant to make sure Thompson finishes off the novel as per her deadline. The trouble is, Harold Crick is real (Will Ferrell) and hes beginning to hear Thompsons voice narrating his life. He must find the person behind the voice before its too late as shes made him aware hes going to die in the meantime, despite being an IRS tax inspector who everyone hates, Harold is falling in love with Maggie Gyllenhaal, a quirky baker. This shouldnt work as a movie and screenplay- but it does. Nice support from Dustin Hoffman as a Literature professor.
Easy watchingBy Gilldog (3 reviews) , 14 Jan 2013Not at all usual Will Ferrell, but funny and engaging throughout. Plot is a little uneven but an enjoyable film that I'd watch again and would thoroughly recommend. Oh, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as a tattooed anarchist baker is absolutely smoking in it.
IRS auditors may be boring, but not as deadly as thisBy PaoloC (55 reviews) from Norwich , 31 Dec 2012Implausible premise - dull IRS auditor starts to hear the voice of the author wirting about him in his head- awful visuals and lighting utterly dull cast. We lasted about twenty minutes too many!
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original, witty and funnyBy theboff (1 review) , 15 Dec 2012might I just point out that anyone that describes a movie, or anything actually, should not be writing a review- just my opinion. THE film however is fantastic, has a rich story line though a little slow to begin with, gathers momentum as the plot thickens. some fantastic actors/tresses credit the title with brilliant performances; notably Dustin Hoffman and Will Ferrell. It has everything, don't go to sleep, you'll miss out on a truly original piece.