Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger Than Fiction makes use of a most unusual plot line: the protagonist, Harold Crick, played by Will Ferrell, becomes a character in an author's novel. Yup, like I said it's kind of quirky, but at least it is unique.

By becoming part of a novel, we gain a unique insight into Crick, whose day job working for the IRS is rather mundane and boring. By hearing a voice, and believing death may be coming, he comes out of his shell, and a relationship ensues. He also gets to live out a fantasy of playing the guitar. Dustin Hoffman gives a good supporting performance as a literary professor who tries to assist after the psychiatrist gives up on him when he refuses to accept the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Queen Latifah also has a strong performance as the supporting actress playing Penny Escher, an assistant to the author.

If you're looking at an unconventional look at everyday modern living, than Stranger Than Fiction may be just the film to watch.

Overall Grade: B

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