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The Answer Man (2009)

Arlen Faber (original title)
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A reclusive author of spiritual books is pursued for advice by a single mother and a man fresh out of rehab.

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John Hindman

Writer:

John Hindman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Arlen Faber
Lauren Graham ... Elizabeth
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Kris Lucas
Olivia Thirlby ... Anne
Kat Dennings ... Dahlia
Nora Dunn ... Terry Fraser
Tony Hale ... Mailman
Annie Corley ... Mrs. Gold
Max Antisell ... Alex
Thomas Roy Thomas Roy ... Riley Lucas
Peter Patrikios ... Ross
Greg Wood ... Businessman #1
Richard Lyntton ... Journalist
Richard Barlow ... Paul
Sally Mercer Sally Mercer ... Customer
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Storyline

Everyone wants to meet Arlen Faber, the world famous author of the best-selling spiritual book "Me and God," but crotchety, disgruntled Arlen simply wants to be left alone - and so far he's been successful in keeping his identity a secret. But all that changes when troubled bookstore owner Kris Lucas discovers his home address and barters books for Arlen's words of wisdom, and a back injury leads the reclusive writer to begin dating chiropractor and overprotective single mother Elizabeth. As Arlen's relationships with his newfound friends begin to grow, he must come to terms with his past and the realization that he doesn't hold all the answers. Written by The Massie Twins

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Taglines:

He wrote the book on life's big questions. But the truth is he hasn't got a clue.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dream of the Romans See more »

Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,998, 26 July 2009

Gross USA:

$26,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,676
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

After Arlen puts the 45 record on, he jostles the stereo when he has his first back spasm. The needle clearly bounces off of the record but the music continues playing. After he falls to the floor, a close up of the record still playing is shown. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Arlen Faber: We would like to do a full exposé on Arlen Faber. It would coincide with the 20th anniversary release of Me and God. People want to read this story. I've read Me and God twelve times, for Christ's sake!
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Connections

Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Flower Duet
from LAKME
Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Adriana Kohutkova, Denisa Slepkovska
with the Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Johannes Wildner
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source Q
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What do Lauren Graham and Tea Leoni have in common?
30 July 2013 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

What do Lauren Graham and Tea Leoni have in common? The answer is simply that these are two actresses who were generally under-used in movies but could have done OH SO MUCH MORE. Some films work because of the script. Some work because of the director. And some work because of the chemistry. The day will come when film students of the future will look back at this era and have to content themselves with the slim body of work left behind by both these actresses. Arguably for example FAMILY MAN is Leoni's best role and indeed some of her fans claim to have seen the film over a dozen times. This unusual outing, THE ANSWER MAN, is arguably Graham's best effort. Sure the script is weak. Sure there are stretches when nothing seems to happen. But through it all we have the odd chemistry between Daniels (way before his breakout role in Newsroom) and Graham. This the glue that makes this film special. And memorable.


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