7.6/10
209,640
572 user 259 critic

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Trailer
2:34 | Trailer
An I.R.S. 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.

Director:

Marc Forster

Writer:

Zach Helm
Reviews
Popularity
2,403 ( 320)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.

Director: Dan Rush
Stars: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello
Semi-Pro (2008)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.

Director: Kent Alterman
Stars: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
Zoolander (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Stars: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler
Big Fish (2003)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup
Big Fan (2009)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

Director: Robert Siegel
Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops, whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derek Jeter
Secretary (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Director: Steven Shainberg
Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Harold Crick
William Dick ... IRS Co-Worker #1
Guy Massey Guy Massey ... IRS Co-Worker #2
Martha Espinoza Martha Espinoza ... IRS Co-Worker #3
T.J. Jagodowski T.J. Jagodowski ... IRS Co-Worker #4
Peter Grosz ... IRS Co-Worker #5
Ricky Adams Ricky Adams ... Young Boy
Christian Stolte ... Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes Denise Hughes ... Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder Peggy Roeder ... Polish Woman
Tonray Ho ... IRS Co-Worker #6
Tony Hale ... Dave
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Ana Pascal
Danny Rhodes Danny Rhodes ... Bakery Employee #1
Helen Young Helen Young ... Bakery Customer #1
Edit

Storyline

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late. Written by the lexster

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's not crazy. He's just written that way. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Harold Crick See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,411,093, 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$40,660,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,653,224
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Harold's two co-workers, played by T.J. Jagodowski and Peter Grosz, appear together in a series of commercials for Sonic Drive-In. See more »

Goofs

Harold's apartment is partially destroyed by a front-end loader with hydraulic forks hooked to it. When the foreman sees Harold he shouts "Stop the crane!" which it is not. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mittag-Leffler: Mr. Crick, you have a voice speaking to you.
Harold Crick: No, not to me - about me. I'm somehow involved in some sort of story, like I'm a character in my own life. But, the problem is that the voice comes and goes, like there are other parts of the story not being told to me. And I need to find out what those other parts are before it's too late.
Dr. Mittag-Leffler: Before the story concludes with your death.
Harold Crick: Yes.
Dr. Mittag-Leffler: [clears throat] Mr. Crick, I hate to sound like a broken record, but that's schizophrenia.
Harold Crick: You don't sound like a ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the names of the characters and the actors who played them were displayed against stylized images of the places where the characters worked. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Rave
Written and Performed by Marc Ferrari and Paul Taylor
Courtesy of Mastersource / Marc Ferrari
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Strangely Addicting
9 November 2006 | by imagineer99See all my reviews

With his unassuming eyes and sheepish, "awe shucks!" demeanor, Will Ferrell is quite simply the guy you root for—the eternal boy trapped in a gangly 6'3" frame. Just a single look can make you giggle and smile so effortlessly that you're often unaware that you're actually doing it. It is with this notion that Stranger than Fiction—Ferrell's first major foray into a theatrical world outside the realm of in-your-face frat boy silliness—just makes sense. By surrounding Ferrell's charisma with a subdued, darkly comic script and a talented supporting cast, we get a film that is both fresh and heartfelt.

Directed by Marc Forster and penned by Zach Helm, Stranger than Fiction is an odd mix-mash, combining a standard comedy with existentialist ideas. Number crunching IRS agent and genuine loser, Harold Crick (Ferrell) one day wakes up to find his life being narrated word for word by burnt out writer Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson). Odd thing is, Eiffel is writing an actual book where Crick just happens to be the main character. To make matters worse, she plans on killing him off as soon as she can make it through a particularly arduous stretch of writer's block.

Originality is one thing that is absent from a majority of contemporary Hollywood pictures, so Fiction immediately gets points for simply trying something different. I suppose it's icing on the cake that the film is genuinely good. Crick, knowing that is death is imminent, begins to break out of his cloistered shell and to experience the fruits of his life. And, in the process he forms a bond with a tax breaking baker (Gyllenhal) and seeks advice from a literature professor, played by a particularly charming Dustin Hoffman

However, even though it is well intentioned, the execution isn't flawless. The romance that develops between Gyllenhal's outcast baker and Ferrell's strait-laced Crick doesn't feel entirely organic. We admire the relationship and smile at its sugar coated sweetness, but we don't necessarily believe their connection. It may taste good, but it doesn't exactly wash down smoothly. Neither, does the film's over reliance on reinforcing generic, "Carpe Diem" philosophies. Towards the second act, things do get sappy. Luckily, by the conclusion, the plot has bounced back to a wonderful limbo of both oddly comic and genuinely heartwarming moments.

For all its flaws, Stranger than Fiction, works. Like a good novel, Forster has fashioned something that is strange, stylistic, and unexpectedly inspiring. And, despite the chinks in its existentialist armor, that's surely something worth writing home about.


120 of 158 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 572 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed