The Answer Man (Arlen Faber)

2009

The Answer Man (Arlen Faber)

Critics Consensus

The Answer Man takes an interesting premise and overloads it with implausible scenarios, indie comedy cliches, and an all-too-familiar story arc that only occasionally benefits from its typically capable actors.

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The reclusive author whose groundbreaking book redefined spirituality for an entire generation realizes how little he actually knows upon being approached by a single mother and a recovering addict in this drama from first time writer/director John Hindman. It's been 20 years since Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) penned "Me and God," and the inspirational, soul-searching book is still as popular as ever. Anyone who reads it thinks that Arlen has all the answers to life's problems, but these days the author barely ventures outside of the house. Then, one day, Arlen crosses paths with Elizabeth (Lauren Graham), a single mother struggling to raise her seven-year-old son, and Kris (Lou Taylor Pucci), a young man who has just gotten out of rehab. Both are searching for the answers that will help them to become better people while overcoming their fears of failure. Does Arlen possess the wisdom to help Elizabeth and Kris work through their current problems, or is he really as clueless as he's been feeling for the last two decades?

Cast

Jeff Daniels
as Arlen Faber
Lauren Graham
as Elizabeth
Lou Taylor Pucci
as Kris Lucas
Nora Dunn
as Terry Fraser
Annie Corley
as Mrs. Gold
Tony Hale
as Mailman
Richard Lyntton
as Journalist
Thomas Roy
as Mr. Lucas
Lauren Jacobs
as Young Girl
Sally Mercer
as Customer
Greg Wood
as Businessman #1
David Mulholland
as Male Customer
Bev Appleton
as Patient
Ginny Graham
as Singing Grandmother
Sandra Landers
as Singing Wife
Sylvia Kauders
as Old Woman
Morgan Turner
as Singing Daughter
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Audience Reviews for The Answer Man (Arlen Faber)

  • Jan 01, 2014
    Caught this on TV while flipping through. Pretty good...kind of feels like a Hallmark movie though towards the end...just with a lot of swearing lol.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2012
    A little slow at times, and the ending was somewhat abrupt, but it was cute.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2012
    A soft spoken and fine romantic comedy about a guy who wrote a what becomes a best-selling novel about talking to God and now lives in tremulous fear that his legions of fans will discover him a fraud ... until he meets a woman who changes his life. Fine performances tie together this family friendly (except for the occasional slipped oath) and well written story of redemption through trusting ... people.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    Great film. Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham shine in this film. Also good supporting work from Lou Taylor Pucci, Olivia Thirlby, and Kat Dennings. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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