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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
  • PG-13
  • 1h 53m
  • 2006
Certified Fresh73%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
Will Ferrell stars as Harold Crick, a lonely IRS agent whose mundane existence is transformed when he hears a mysterious voice narrating his life. With the help of Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), Harold discovers he's the main character in a novel-in-progress and that the voice belongs to Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson), an eccentric author famous for killing her main characters in creative ways. Harold must quickly track down Eiffel and stop her before she conjures up a way to finish him off.
© 2006 Crick Pictures LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh73%
Critics Consensus: A fun, whimsical tale about an office drone trying to save his life from his narrator, Stranger Than Fiction features a subdued performances from Will Ferrell that contributes mightily to its quirky, mind-bending affect.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Touching dramedy is heavy; some violence, cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Stranger Than Fiction is a 2006 dramedy in which Will Ferrell plays a straitlaced IRS agent who starts to realize that his life is being narrated by a novelist suffering from writer's block. When the lead character first meets a woman (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) whose business he has been assigned to audit, the narrator goes into the beginnings of a sexual fantasy he's having about her that gets interrupted when the woman gets angry because he's staring at her breasts. Two characters are shown passionately kissing on a living room couch, and then the next scene shows them in bed after sex. Occasional strong profanity includes "f--k." The novelist is a chain-smoker. She's also obsessed with death: Her novels always end with the characters dying, and she's shown researching suicide by standing on the ledge of a tall building, and imagining herself driving off a bridge to avoid hitting a boy on a bicycle. A character is shown getting hit by a bus and is presumed dead. Overall, the movie explores the idea of living life to the fullest and not putting off the activities you've always wanted to try.

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Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:November 10, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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