The Answer Man (2009)


“I hate answering machines for this very reason, you know, they’re like life, you can’t take anything back.” – Arlen Faber

Number of Times Seen – Twice (29 Aug 2009 and 9 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A reclusive author is vigorously pursued by a woman who thinks he may have the answers to her many questions about life.

My Take on it – Interesting idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope.

The idea of a recluse author being pursued by fans isn’t new, but the performances by Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham does help things a bit.

The story is paced in a very strange way that doesn’t let us really feel that things move along in a realistic fashion which is a shame.

The dialogue is meant to be more profound that it comes out to be and that also hurts things a bit because one expects much more from a movie with a premise like this one.

Te best thing about this film are the characters who are developed well and also come across as being quite likable which isn’t necessarily an easy feat with this kind of film.

The pearls of wisdom that these characters manage to produce help keep things very engaging and intriguing along the way.

The supporting cats is also fun and Kat Dennings definitely stands out among the rest and helps keep things more enjoyable to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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