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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2013
  • Ben Stiller
  • 109 mins
  • PG

Summary

An ordinary man seeks solace from his mundane life by drifting into daydreams where he is a heroic figure. When he and a friend are faced with unemployment, he is propelled into a globetrotting adventure in real life. Comedy drama based on James Thurber's short story, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. With Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and Shirley MacLaine.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director/star Ben Stiller's glossy adaptation of James Thurber's short story is a far cry from the beloved 1947 musical comedy starring Danny Kaye. Stiller's Mitty remains a man who vividly daydreams about adventure while trying to hold on to a dreary job. With redundancy looming - and with encouragement from his secret object of desire (Kristen Wiig) - Stiller leaves Life magazine to go in search of globetrotting photographer Sean McConnell (played by Sean Penn). It's then that his humdrum reveries become exciting reality. Stiller's fifth outing behind the camera is a surprising mix of sentiment and profundity, and sees him move away from full-on comedy to embrace heartfelt drama. Beautifully shot and incredibly ambitious, the film demonstrates Stiller's skill as a director - and proves he's a pretty good on a skateboard, too.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter MittyBen Stiller
CherylKristen Wiig
Edna MittyShirley MacLaine
Ted HendricksAdam Scott
OdessaKathryn Hahn
Sean O'ConnellSean Penn
Todd MaherPatton Oswalt

Crew

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DirectorBen Stiller

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2013-12-27
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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