Stranger Than Fiction [WS] [Special Edition] [Blu-ray] [2006]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 18)

Special Features


  • Never before seen deleted scenes
  • Multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Director & Cast and Filmmakers' Commentaries

Synopsis


Stranger Than Fiction
A socially isolated IRS agent whose every move is documented by a disembodied female voice discovers that his life is the subject of a book currently being written by a best-selling author, whose creative block has stunted her repeated efforts to kill him off, in a quirky fantasy comedy written by Hollywood hot property Zach Helm and directed by Finding Neverland's Marc Forester. Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) lives a life of solitude. Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson) can't seem to find a way to finish her latest book. Though Harold and Kay have never actually met, their fates are about to become intertwined in a most unusual manner. With her publishers growing increasingly impatient with her apparent inability to put the finishing touches on her latest novel, Kay is assigned a new assistant whose task it is to help provide the creative push needed to get her book finished and into the hands of her many eager fans. The subject of Kay's novel is a lonely and despairing IRS agent named Harold Crick, who believes that his life has lost any real meaning. As Kay continues to weave Harold's woeful tale without realizing that her protagonist is actually a living human being unable to concentrate on his life and career due to the constant interference of the narrator who inexplicably seems to anticipate his every move and read his every thought, her continued efforts to kill her perplexed subject finally provide him with the incentive needed to fully experience life by seeking out the source of the voice that plagues him. Penned by the screenwriter named by Variety magazine as one of the "Top Ten Writers to Watch" and who was also included in Esquire magazine's "Best and Brightest" list of 2004, Stranger Than Fiction features supporting performances by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Will Ferrell
    Will Ferrell - Harold Crick
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Maggie Gyllenhaal - Ana Pascal
  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman - Professor Jules Hilbert
  • Queen Latifah
    Queen Latifah - Penny Escher
  • Emma Thompson
    Emma Thompson - Karen 'Kay' Eiffel



Overall customer rating

4.4
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Less Eventful Than Fiction

    Posted
    littlegreen

    It's an interesting premise: ho-hum IRS agent Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) realizes his every ritualistic move - from tying his tie in a single Windsor knot to brushing his teeth seventy-six times - is being narrated by an omniscient female with a British accent (Emma Thompson). Besides his initial confusion, Harold doesn't really have a problem with this, until the voice mentions his "imminent death." Enlisting the help of a literature professor (Dustin Hoffman) and a tax-evading baker (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Harold sets out on a quest to save his own life in this sweet but flawed comedy. Marc Forster's quirky shooting style is colorful and engaging and suits the film perfectly, appropriate considering some of his previous work (Finding Neverland, Stay). Traditionally mind-numbing office scenes and city-spanning mass-transit excursions are jazzed up by clever camera angles, as well as by floating, computer-generated illustrations of what's really going on in Harold's brain. The fiercely talented cast is one of the best things going for this film. Will Ferrell as Harold Crick gives a believable, mature performance (quite a change from everything else he's done) and makes his mundane hero likable, especially in scenes with the adorable Maggie Gyllenhaal. Emma Thompson is fantastic as Karen Eiffel, the tortured and slightly crazy narrator, and Dustin Hoffman is appropriately eccentric as Harold's adviser in all things literary. Tony Hale (one of my favorites from Arrested Development) and Queen Latifah round out the strong supporting cast, which includes a cameo from the lovely Kristin Chenoweth. But despite its pleasing aesthetics and spot-on casting, "Stranger Than Fiction" suffers from a script that seems a little...empty. The potential for comedy, for touching scenes between other characters, and for more explanation of the “narration phenomenon” is diminished because the film chooses to focus entirely on Harold’s journey. While it is made perfectly clear that Harold's personality is intended to be equivalent to that of a shoehorn, that very trait causes him to be incredibly uninteresting, and though Ferrell does what he can to make his character sympathetic, the result is an ambivalence that ruins the rest of the film. Without a real interest in the outcome, “Stranger Than Fiction” remains a nice-looking, slightly amusing and ultimately uneventful one hundred and eleven minutes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Good movie

    Posted
    HTowner

    It is a 4-1/2 star but because that is not an option, I rounded up. This review will be split into two parts, first dealing with the content of the movie and the second dealing with the blu-ray advantages of the movie. The movie is really quiet heart warming. It is a love story through and through. Will Ferrell is actually acting in this movie. He pulls the role off nicely without being over the top. He doesn't over act either. I got the sense watching this movie that this is more of his true personality. The supporting cast is excellent. They accent the story nicely. Maggie Gyllenhaal is again excellent; her character is seems like it may be nothing more than a radical extension of her. I was happy because the movie is light hearted, nothing blows up, nobody gets shot, and there are no epic wars. It was an excellent addition to my blu-ray library. The picture quality is great. Nice and crisp, nothing over the top, but HD nonetheless. The audio quality does not come from the technical aspects of sound. The sound quality comes from the sound track. It truly makes this movie natural. The songs fit every scene they are in. I loved this movie because it was a light hearted next-gen movie that added something deperately missing from collection, levity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Something different from Will Ferrell

    Posted
    Throwdown918

    This is a very interesting movie from Will Ferrell. If you are a fan of his antics in his other movies, or despise them you will be surprised by the acting that he delivers in Stranger Than Fiction. This movie offers a different type of comedy from Ferrell, as his life is narrated by someone that no one else can hear. His efforts to fight the voice are quite comical. The movie also builds all the way through to the end, and you are left in suspense as to what the end is going to be. There is a very big maturing process that Ferrell's character goes through in this movie. As he is also romantically involved, and as his life seems to be turning around the voice tells him he is going to die. If you are a fan of something different, rather than what Hollywood typically delivers this is a pretty good movie. The Blu-Ray offering is nice as the sound quality and picture is excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Touching & Great Movie!

    Posted
    GamerKlaus

    This is a very engaging, excellent movie! The plot is unique and the writing is excellent, and the acting is convincing. While there are quite a few funny parts to the movie, I don't consider it a comedy, and I could see how some people who are expecting this to be a typical Will Ferrell comedy might not like this movie. It just won't match those expectations. The story is about someone who is not very excited about life finding himself. It is heart warming to see someone find joy and passion, and I feel that this is a great message, and yet the movie isn't preachy or overly obvious. I highly recommend this movie to someone who likes light dramas, some comedy, some romance, and engaging stories.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie for Ferrell

    Posted
    Anonymous

    This is a great movie, i started to watch it reluctantly because I didn't think this film would suit my needs. Boy was I wrong.... this is a beautifully acted movie and well written as well. The movie is a lot deeper then it would appear on the outside, Farrell gives his best performance and actually brought me to tears. Dont get me wrong though... this is a well suited comedy with a drama ending that will bring everyone in the room to an emotional state.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    Johnson

    My wife and I are not really Will Ferrel fans (although Elf was a good christmas movie), but this movie showed he has more acting skills than we had thought. As his character tries to figure out whether he is in a comedy or tragity, the movie turns out to be both. Well thought out story. Blu-ray made the experiance even better, a great Friday or Saturday night couples movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected

    Posted
    DrmrWlf17
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    Overall, this movie surpassed my expectations. From bits of drama to comedy this film has it all. Not your typical movie I would say. It has a different style of its own. I would recommend watching it. Not your typical Will Ferrell movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    OMG....This is Bad

    Posted
    gamefreak4ever

    "Stranger Than Fiction" has the ability to give you something but misses in the worst way. My biggest disappointment with this movie is the story was not interesting at all. You could see attempts but it fails.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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