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Product Details

  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Max Antisell, Thomas Roy, Peter Patrikios
  • Directors: John Hindman
  • Producers: Daniel Crown
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Nov. 3 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,318 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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ANSWER MAN - Blu-Ray Movie

Jeff Daniels shines as a know-it-all who really doesn't in The Answer Man, a 2009 romantic comedy whose predictability does very little to detract from its overall charm. Daniels plays Arlen Faber, author of Me and God, a mega-selling tome in which he asks some tough existential questions ("Does prayer work?" "I don't believe in you. Now what?"), with the answers allegedly dictated by the Almighty himself. The book led to numerous spinoffs (The Me and God Diet, anyone?), but as the 20th anniversary of its publication nears, Faber is a reclusive misanthrope who tosses fan mail aside without a glance, swears a lot, and utters pithy aphorisms that are a good deal less charitable than before ("Hell is other people"). He also has a back problem, which one day brings him to chiropractor Elizabeth (Lauren Graham), a single mom who works wonders on Arlen's spine but, amazingly, has never heard of him; she in turn buys the book at a shop owned by Kris (Lou Taylor Pucci), who's just out of alcohol rehab and about to lose his store to his many creditors. That the lives of these three, especially Arlen and Elizabeth (as well as her winning young son), will soon become intertwined is hardly a revelation; nor is the fact that Arlen, for all his wisdom, is a self-conscious doofus who can barely express his own feelings. But writer-director John Hindman's screenplay has some excellent dialogue, and while some of the situations are overly silly and facile, Hindman goes easy on the more cutesy and cloying aspects (an ongoing bit involving Ella Fitzgerald's recording of "Isn't It Romantic" is most amusing). It's not As Good as It Gets, but The Answer Man is just fine. --Sam Graham

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Great story about a man searching for happiness and growth, even though he wrote a best selling novel. Jeff Daniels is excellent so are the rest of the cast. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes stories of self discovery with a bit of humour here and there.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
We all need an Arlen Faber in our lives June 4 2012
By Nancy - Published on
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This movie has been sitting on my shelf for over two months. I think initially, I was turned off because of the whole Indie thing. Independent movies never hit the right cord with me so on an "I am not leaving the house no matter what" Sunday, I popped it in.

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.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Great acting, great script, mediocre idea July 9 2009
By Lisa the history professor - Published on
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I thought Jeff Daniels was superb, and all of his co-stars were right on with their performances. The script was well-done, and the timing of the scenes was crisp. In the beginning, I was riveted. But I began to see things unravel as we got to the end, and I think the movie lost its way a bit in the last few minutes. This was a hard topic to tackle on film, and the actors and the script writers did a great job of almost carrying the overall theme--which was, in hindsight a bit unconventional--off. In the end they could not wrap it all up with a bow, but that would have been too trite and not fitting for this quirky movie anyway. I enjoyed the film, and it made for a relaxing and fun evening at home. How cool to see this right on my computer too!
58 of 71 people found the following review helpful
TenDer heArted meEtS haRsh reAlitiEs June 27 2009
By Reesse E. - Published on
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Was desperately searching for something to watch while being home sick.
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!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Feel good Jan. 20 2012
By SueQ - Published on
I really loved this movie. All the actors were spot on. The ending felt a little weak compared to the rest of the movie but still found myself smiling after it was over.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A movie with a Big Heart July 13 2009
By Rachel - Published on
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This movie may not be perfect in all aspects, but it is full of sweet and heart-breaking moments that keep you rooting for its many underdogs all the way--even the harsh and jaded main character, Arlen. The chemistry between the actors is flawless, without exception. The ending is satisfying in that it doesn't feel the need to tie up all the loose ends and it leaves you wanting more. I have heard it compared to As Good as it Gets, but I prefer this version. While it lacks the glossy main stream production qualities of AGAIG, it makes up for it in its every day heroes that are much more relatable.

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