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American Splendor (2003)

Excellent, excellent film. This is the true story of Harvey Pekar, a lowly, lonely file clerk in Cleveland, OH, who, sometime around 1980 decided to write his own comic book about his own boring, seemingly meaningless and difficult life. He became a minor celebrity and recurring guest on Letterman before crossing the line and speaking his mind about NBC. At any rate, this movie is really cleverly done, as parts are documentary - with the real Harvey Pekar narrating, parts are dramatically acted - with Paul Giamatti as Pekar, and parts are done in comic book form. Really innovative stuff from a storytelling standpoint. But at the core, it's a simple story about a regular guy trying to find happiness in his own life. And there's one particular line that made me laugh harder than I remember laughing at anything in a long long time (the first time he meets his future wife in the train station, for those of you who have seen it). Worth a rental for any nerds.

Christopher Moyer
March 15, 2004

- Directed by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
- Written by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
- Produced by Ted Hope

Paul Giamatti - Harvey Pekar
Hope Davis - Joyce Brabner
Judah Friedlander - Toby Radloff
Madylin Sweeten - Danielle

- Genres: Drama, Comedy

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