Stranger Than Fiction


Stranger Than Fiction
Rated PG-13; Directed by Marc Forster; Starring Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman

Stranger Than Fiction is a lovely film with a weird concept: what happens if you begin to hear your life narrated and the narrator mentions your imminent death? It happens to Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) in this smart and sweet movie.

It starts one fateful morning; while brushing his teeth Harold hears a woman narrating his boring, predictable life.  He’s not thrilled, but when his upcoming death is mentioned he decides to find out what it all means. Meanwhile, reclusive Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson) is struggling over her latest novel. Suffering from writer’s block she’s desperately trying to find a way to kill her protagonist, Harold Crick.

The real fun begins when Harold meets with a literature professor, played with gusto by Dustin Hoffman. In a hilarious scene Professor Hilbert tries to figure out what genre of literature Harold finds himself in. “Can you do magic?” Narrowing down the possibilities the main question is if Harold is in a comedy or a tragedy. This question is apropos about the film. Will Harold survive or will we see Harold meet his tragic end?

The script by Zach Helm doesn’t go for the easy laughs. Director Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) brings out a wonderful, believable performance from Ferrell. Harold Crick though boring, is a lovable character. We don’t want him to die, especially as we see him open up to what life has to offer, including a romance with baker Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Stranger Than Fiction offers a great cast and an intelligent script. Among the laughs there is a heartfelt story about finding love and fighting destiny.


7 Responses to “Stranger Than Fiction”

  1. Stranger Than Fiction Review « DilettanteVille Says:

    […] Boy, am I behind on posting my reviews. I always plan on posting them about a week after they are published, but I’m about a month behind.  Here’s my review of Stranger Than Fiction.  The short version? I liked it — a lot. […]

  2. soorajrox Says:

    nice review. Now I can’t wait to to see this flick.

  3. Cassidy Says:

    THat move was weird and hard to understand!!!

  4. dilettanteville Says:

    Cassidy, it is probably a little too old for you, though I bet there are some adults who felt the same way about the movie. I wonder how many people expected more jokes since it was a Will Ferrell movie? Blades of Glory opens this weekend, and I bet you’ll find that funnier. I’m going to see it to review it.

  5. Cassidy Says:

    How Do You Think I’m to young to watch it!!! Go see Wild Hogs!!! I did!!! My Favorite seen in Stranger Than Fiction is the diner scene!!!! OOOOhhhh!!!

  6. dilettanteville Says:

    Wild Hogs didn’t do it for me. Too much dumb, homophobic humor. I’ll be posting my review here later tonight.

  7. Cassidy Says:


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