Answer Man [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Arlen Faber is the reclusive author of Me and God, a book that has redefined spirituality for an entire generation and has been translated into over 100 languages. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of his still wildly popular book, Arlen is still sought after as the man who has all the answers. Arlen's life collides with Elizabeth a single mom raising her seven year-old son, and Kris, a young man fresh out of rehab who is searching for meaning. Both Elizabeth and Kris are hopeful that Arlen has the answers, but the truth is, he hasn't got a clue.
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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.
I had never heard of a "Pre-theatrical trailer", but was intrigued! I watched the actual trailer and saw that this flick starred Lauren Graham and Jeff Daniels - which sounded/looked like the beginnings of something really, really great!
I pondered the price watched the trailer again and went with my gut!
I rented it!!
I LOVED it!!
I highly recommend it and can't wait to spread the word!
I also can't wait to see it again!
No spoilers here - it reminded me alot of the movie Once.
It was a very simple but sweet plot that almost everyone should be able to see themselves in one way or another. It had love story, family, drama, parenthood, romance, realty, addictive behaviors, but it also had laughter!! It also reminds me of As Good as It Gets. But, this movie is also completely original - when I compare it to those - it's more of a feeling.
This movie is BEAUTIFUL in many ways!
I hope others give it a watch and feel the same!