Owen Gleiberman
July 27, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Answer Man

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/24/09
performer
Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham
director
John Hindman
author
John Hindman
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a C

In The Answer Man, Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) ?isn’t any old celebrity author. Twenty years ago, he wrote the mega-best-selling book Me ?and God, in which he served up folksy New Age self-help epigrams that convinced a lot of people he had a direct pipeline to the Almighty. And now? He’s rich and famous, and also a bitter, disillusioned recluse — a Mitch Albom who turned into J.D. Salinger. Daniels plays Arlen with a kind of cuddly crankiness; he makes him a jerk who just needs a hug. Arlen’s salvation plays out with tender cloying predictability, though Lauren Graham, as the chiropractor who falls for him, has more spark than the movie deserves. C

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