Box art for Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction

comedy, drama, romance

An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to effect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Touching dramedy is heavy; won't interest most kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that some kids will want to see this movie thanks to star Will Ferrell, although they may be disappointed because it's not his usual silly comedy routine. Instead, the film explores some fairly heavy concepts about life and death. Novelist Karen Eiffel is a depressed chain-smoker, and Harold Crick (Ferrell's character) is a loner who suffers severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the meaning of life. No, really. This movie is all about living life to the fullest and not sitting carefully on the sidelines while everyone else has all the fun. On the flip side, how can you have fun and experience new things but stay safe at the same time?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: While Stranger Than Fiction traffics in a bit of darkly funny existential anxiety, it also finds room for romantic fantasy and sentimental uplift.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, November 10, 2006

Fresh: Stranger Than Fiction might be film, but it moves like a novel: a literate, unhurried tale marked by softly wrought reflections on the self-made life.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, November 10, 2006

Fresh: A film well worth seeing and savoring.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

img]] I love it when mainstream comedians with highly sucesssful careers decide to make mumble-core indie comedy drama's like Stranger Than Fiction. Jonah Hill starred in "Cyrus" a few years ago, Will Ferrell also treads into that territory and proves he can perform in more serious, believable roles. The supporting performances from Maggie Gyllenhaal as his love interest and Emma Thomspon as the anti-hero are realistic and strangely likable characters. It's more light-hearted and a whole lot more intelligent than most of Ferrell's comedies. The fact that he decided to work on a film as meaningful, poetic, subtextual and artsy as Stranger Than Fiction is something to give him credit for. It's not a laugh a minute film but with it's unexpectedness comes a lot of soul and compassionate warmth. Comedies nowadays are not in that taste, this is something special.

- aquateen2, Tuesday, July 3, 2012

3 stars

It's like a version of Groundhog Day written by Charlie Kaufman.

- fb100002359227440, Saturday, April 21, 2012

4 stars

Amazing movie. And I mean amazing. It's funny and with lots of heart. Will Ferrell (Step Brothers) delivers an outstanding performance as the IRS Agent Harold Crick, whose life has been interrupted by a narrator controlling his every feeling and action, including the way he dies. It sounds completely ridiculous, but what this film really is, shows the intensity of a man, knowing that his life is in the hands of an author. The acting in this movie is amazing. This isn't Will Ferrell's normal comedy role, it's actually an emotional breakdown of a normal man. The other actors include Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight), Dustin Hoffman (Meet The Fockers), Queen Latifah (Hairspray), and Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee). All of the actors in this are up to par. This is a must-see. You won't regret it!

- CreedsDelight, Thursday, October 27, 2011