The Answer Man

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  • Nancy 3 years ago
    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    We all need an Arlen Faber in our lives, June 4, 2012
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    Nancy (CA) –

    This review is from: The Answer Man (DVD)
    This movie has been sitting on my shelf for over two months. I think initially, I was turned off because of the whole Indie thing. Independent movies never hit the right cord with me so on an “I am not leaving the house no matter what” Sunday, I popped it in.

    I loved this movie.

    There I said it; I actually loved an Independent Film.

    Jeff Daniels plays a foul-mouthed spiritual author who took over 10% of the G-O-D market by writing a book on the conversation that he had with the Almighty. Because of the fame and the zealots, he has lived a life of isolation. He has never spoken publically about his book; he has never opened himself up in that way. His publicist hates him, he hides action figures in a cabinet and is paranoid about anyone touching his piano. That is until he is in excruciating back pain and literally crawls into the office of a chiropractor and his world is opened up in un-expectant ways.

    I would hate to say that Lauren Graham and Lou Taylor Pucci are the supporting cast because they each hold their own and then some to Jeff Daniels. Each storyline — of a single mother starting out on her own and a bookstore owner fresh out of rehab dealing with an alcoholic father – hold the same fascination as the reclusive author. Each person is searching for answers in a world that only offers more questions and challenges.

    This movie is very funny, very over the top in language and very sincere in the message of needing people to help us over our hurtles. In a way, we all need a Jeff Daniels / Arlen Faber in our lives -a man that does not have all the answers but sure knows how to give good insight when it is needed.

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  • Lisa the history professor 3 years ago
    32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great acting, great script, mediocre idea, July 9, 2009
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    Lisa the history professor (Massachusetts) –

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    I thought Jeff Daniels was superb, and all of his co-stars were right on with their performances. The script was well-done, and the timing of the scenes was crisp. In the beginning, I was riveted. But I began to see things unravel as we got to the end, and I think the movie lost its way a bit in the last few minutes. This was a hard topic to tackle on film, and the actors and the script writers did a great job of almost carrying the overall theme–which was, in hindsight a bit unconventional–off. In the end they could not wrap it all up with a bow, but that would have been too trite and not fitting for this quirky movie anyway. I enjoyed the film, and it made for a relaxing and fun evening at home. How cool to see this right on my computer too!

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