Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction

Marc Forster (2006)

108min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Following in the footsteps of such movies as Being John Malkovich and I {Heart} Huckabees, which treat their outrageous scenarios as more drama than comedy, comes Stranger than Fiction. The loopy premise here is that mild-mannered tax inspector Will Ferrell begins to hear voices - well, actually just one voice, which seems to be narrating his life. A visit to a literature professor (Dustin Hoffman, as enjoyably tick-riddled as ever) reveals that the author of his story is Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson) and she is indeed in control of his destiny. The trouble is that all her novels end in the death of the lead character. In less talented hands, this kind of forced intellectual whimsy can be deeply irritating, but with the understated direction of Finding Neverland's Marc Forster, the decidedly odd is perfectly believable. And Ferrell, like Bill Murray and Robin Williams, proves that comic actors reined in can give surprisingly affecting dramatic performances.

Summary

The unremarkable life of a tax inspector is turned upside down by the sound of a female voice in his head that narrates his every move. A visit to a literary professor reveals that the voice belongs to an author who is in control of his destiny. Unfortunately, the writer is famed for killing off her main characters at the end of the book. Fantasy comedy drama, starring Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffman.

Cast & Crew

Harold Crick Will Ferrell
Karen Eiffel Emma Thompson
Ana Pascal Maggie Gyllenhaal
Professor Jules Hilbert Dustin Hoffman
Penny Escher Queen Latifah
Dr Cayly Tom Hulce
Dr Mittag-Leffler Linda Hunt
Dr Mercator Andrew Rothenberg
Director Marc Forster
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Edited for violence and some of its language.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy