Stranger Than Fiction

Synopsis: Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Marc Forster
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

...claiming his jet ski

as a work vehicle.

I'll tell you, it is a shame...

...that they don't give out

an auditor of the year award.


You okay?

Dave, I'm being followed.

How are you being followed?

You're not moving.

- It's by a voice.

- What?

I'm being followed

by a woman's voice.


What is she saying?

She's narrating.

Harold, you're staring at boxes,

what is she narrating?

No, no, no. I had to stop filing.

Watch. Watch. Listen. Listen.

The sound the paper made

against the folder...

... had the same tone

as a wave scraping against sand.

And when Harold thought about it...

... he listened to enough waves

every day...

... to constitute what he imagined

to be a deep and endless ocean.

Did you hear that?

You mean you filing?

No, no, no, the voice.


Frightening part is sometimes I do

imagine a deep and endless ocean.

What ocean?

The one made by the sound--

Forget it.

New audits. Have a good day.

Thank you.

All right, we got a baker

and a securities trader.

Maybe you should take the baker.

- Okay?

- Okay.

Damn it! Damn it! Damn it!

- You miscreant.

- I understand.

Oh, get bent, taxman!

- Taxman!

- Taxman!


Go home!

Listen, is there somewhere else

we could talk about this?

No. We're gonna talk about this

right here.

Okay. It says, the file, that you only

paid part of your taxes for last year.

- That's right.

- Looks like only 78 percent.


So you did it on purpose?


So you must have been

expecting an audit?

I was expecting a fine...

...or a sharp reprimand.

A reprimand? This isn't

boarding school, Ms. Pascal.

You stole from the government.

No, I didn't steal from the government.

I just didn't pay you entirely.

Ms. Pascal, you can't just

not pay your taxes.

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Zach Helm

Zach Helm (born January 21, 1975 in Santa Clara, California) is an American writer, director, and producer. The son of school teachers, Helm was raised in a town of less than 50 citizens in the Sierra Nevadas of California. He first became known for writing Stranger than Fiction (2006), which garnered much notoriety for Helm, including awards from the National Board of Review and PEN International. He is best known internationally for his acclaimed stage play Good Canary, which has been translated and produced around the world, garnering multiple awards and accolades. He is also known for the film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) (which he wrote and directed) and his one-man performance pieces, most notably his revival of Spalding Gray's Interviewing The Audience. Helm has also spent much time developing his own "open input" approach to drama, a collaborative process focused on helping artists mine narrative material from the real world. Using interviews, physical research, devised theater techniques and dramaturgy, the egalitarian approach has been used by Helm to help artists around the world, from primary school children to amateur filmmakers. more…

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