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The Answer ManIn The Answer Man, Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) ?isn't any old celebrity author. Twenty years ago, he wrote the mega-best-selling book The Answer ManRomance, ComedyPT95MIn The Answer Man, Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) ?isn't any old celebrity author. Twenty years ago, he wrote the mega-best-selling book 2009-07-27
The Answer Man
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The Answer Man

Genre: Romance, Comedy; Starring: Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham; Director: John Hindman; Author: John Hindman; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season

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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Originally posted July 27 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT

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