Stranger Than Fiction is one of my all-time favorite movies.
It’s the perfect blend of art, intelligence, humor and romance. I’ve found that many people overlooked this 2006 underrated gem and some (gasp) didn’t even like it. The ones that didn’t like it were usually disappointed that Will Ferrell wasn’t Elf or Ricky Bobby. He doesn’t show his belly, bang a cowbell or even croon like Robert Goulet.
He’s Harold Crick and he’s perfect at it.
The cast is amazing. Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. *sigh* They’re all brilliant.
It’s original without tipping the indie scale over to pretentious.
IMDb summarizes (a.k.a. butchers) the plot in this way; “An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.”
That plot summary wouldn’t necessarily have me running to BestBuy or scouring NetFlix to find it, but that’s mostly because I’ve devoured the movie whole several times and love it more than heart-shaped Bavarian sugar cookies.
So, just take my word for it and watch it.
I have so many favorite scenes in this film, but below is an excerpt from one of my favorite favorite scenes.
Jules Hilbert: “You were right. This narrator might very well kill you. So I humbly suggest that you just forget all this and go live your life.”
Harold Crick: “Go live my life? I am living my life. I’d like to continue to live my life.”
Jules Hilbert: “I know. Of course. I mean all of it. However long you have left. You know, I mean, Howard,you could use it to have an adventure. You know, invent something, or just finish reading Crime and Punishment. Hell, Harold, you could just eat nothing but pancakes if you wanted.”
Harold Crick: “What’s wrong with you? Hey. I don’t wanna eat nothing but pancakes. I wanna live. Who in their right mind in a choice between pancakes and living chooses pancakes?”
Jules Hilbert: “Harold, if you’d pause to think. I believe you’d realize that that answer’s inextricably contingent upon the type of life being led and, of course,the quality of the pancakes.”
Harold Crick: “You don’t understand. What I’m saying.”
Jules Hilbert: “Yes, I do.”
Harold Crick: “But you have to understand that this isn’t a philosophy or a literary theory or a story to me. It’s my life.”
Jules Hilbert: “Absolutely. So just go make it the one you’ve always wanted.”
This is Day 5 of my 100 Days of Blogger.