The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

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Critic Consensus: It doesn't lack for ambition, but The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fails to back up its grand designs with enough substance to anchor the spectacle.

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Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (c) Fox
Rating:
PG (for some crude comments, language and action violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Ben Stiller
as Walter Mitty
Kristen Wiig
as Cheryl Melhoff
Patton Oswalt
as Todd Maher
Shirley MacLaine
as Edna Mitty
Adam Scott
as Ted Hendricks
Kathryn Hahn
as Odessa
Sean Penn
as Sean O'Connell
Terence Bernie Hines
as Gary Manheim
Adrian Martinez
as Hernando
Olafur Darri Olafsson
as Helicopter Pilot
Paul Fitzgerald
as Paul Fitzgerald
Grace Rex
as Cheryl's Co-Worker
Alex Anfanger
as Ted's Toner Box Associate
Amanda Naughton
as Female Editor
Nolan Carley
as Western Union Employee
Joey Slotnick
as Retirement Home Administrator
Gary Wilmes
as Walter's Dad
Marcus Antturi
as Rich Melhoff
Amy Stiller
as Rich's Friend's Mom
Stuart Cornfeld
as Greenland Air Passenger
Maariu Olsen
as Rental Car Agent
Makka Kleist
as Bartender
Þórhallur Sigurðsson
as Trawler Captain
Ari Matthiasson
as Trawler 1st Mate
Hendrikus Schraven
as Trawler 2nd Mate
Finni Johannsson
as Trawler 3rd Mate
Eysteinin Gardarsson
as Zodiac Shark Rescuer
Jose Alcantara
as Chilean Sailor
Seba Alon
as Chilean Sailor
Miguel Baez-Olavarria
as Chilean Sailor
Daniel Orellana
as Chilean Sailor
Antonio Molina
as Chilean Sailor
Martin Lagos
as Chilean Sailor
Andres Quezada
as Chilean Sailor
Valur Snaer Hilmarsson
as Skateboard Kid #1
Eythor Atli Hilmarsson
as Skateboard Kid #2
Birgir Jarl Runarsson
as Skateboard Kid #3
Gunnar Helgason
as Hotel Keeper
Kai Lennox
as Phil Melhoff
Conan O'Brien
as Himself
Andy Richter
as Himself
Gurdeep Singh
as Cab Driver
Losang Thonden
as Older Rajqawee
Rinjee Sherpa
as Younger Rajqawee
Haroon Nawabi
as Afghan Warlord
Ehsan Nawroz
as Afghan
Steve Assil
as Afghan
Ang Babu Sherpa
as Soccer Playing Sherpa
Ang Gelu Sherpa
as Soccer Playing Sherpa
Dawa Sherpa
as Soccer Playing Sherpa
Ngima Sherpa
as Soccer Playing Sherpa
Nuri Chhiri Sherpa
as Soccer Playing Sherpa
Sonam P. Sherpa
as Soccer Playing Sherpa
Phurba Tashi Sherpa
as Soccer Playing Sherpa
Walter T. Mudu
as TSA Skeleton #1
Liz Mikel
as TSA Skeleton #2
Brian McFadden
as TSA Officer #1
Dion Graham
as TSA Officer #2
Richard DeDomenico
as Piano Wholesaler
Matt Levin
as Board Meeting Guy
Radioman
as News Stand Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (41)

This is one of the more disappointing efforts of the holiday movie season.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Stiller's attempt to braid together introspection and humor kept me engaged and curious, even when I wasn't quite sure what he was setting out to do.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Slate
Top Critic

Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be. Kind of like Walter Mitty himself.

Full Review… | December 25, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Sometimes you see failed films and think, well, they tried for this or that but couldn't pull it off. After seeing Ben Stiller's version of the venerable James Thurber story, I don't know what the film was trying for.

Full Review… | December 25, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

It has little narrative interest and requires that the director latch onto a very specific airy tone of whimsy, lest the whole souffle collapse.

Full Review… | December 25, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller's most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying.

Full Review… | December 25, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

½

A very pleasant movie that finds a nice balance between sincere drama and unexpected humor, even though it seems to have "for the masses" written all over it, with subtle moments coexisting in the same story with more obvious ones, which ends up diluting a bit the result.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Walter-ish stuff!! More or less watchable. More than less avoidable.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

Enjoyable drama comedy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a well crafted film, that I felt was well acted and paced and Ben Stiller was terrific here, and he also directs. Although the film is a bit slow, the tone and story is quite good, and I was surprised at how good the film is. Ben Stiller does some fine work here, and he is more than able to craft something a bit more dramatic in tone than his previous works such as Tropic Thunder and Zoolander. The film is entertaining for what it is, and it's a film that really shows off Stiller's directorial talents. With that being said, I'm an anxious to see what he'll make next, as the film is engaging, well acted and directed. The film does have a few weaker moments that could have been improved upon, but for the most part, it's a film that is well worth your time if you're looking for an effective drama. What I enjoyed the most about the film was of course, Ben Stiller's performance, and I thought he handled the dramatic element perfectly, and he shows off his range as an actor, as he opts for a more serious affair than his usual output. I really enjoy Ben Stiller, loved most of his comedies, and it's always refreshing to me to see a comedic actor attempt something more serious, and it's always a treat when a genre actor like Ben Stiller who is more famous for comedies step out of his comfort zone, and attempt something quite different than what we are used to. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is not a great movie, but it's still an accomplished drama for what it does, and with an actor like Stiller acting and directing, we get something quite good and unique as well.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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