Movie Review

The Answer Man (2009)

The Answer Man | Lauren Graham and Jeff Daniels in The Answer Man
Lauren Graham and Jeff Daniels in The Answer Man

Details Limited Release: Jul 24, 2009; Length: 95 minutes; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham

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 Jul 22, 2009 Published in issue #1058 Jul 31, 2009 Order article reprints

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