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  • Summary: From first-time writer-director John Hindman, comes The Answer Man, a romantic comedy about love and the search for meaning. Arlen Faber is the reclusive and misanthropic author of "Me and God," a book that has redefined spirituality for an entire generation and has been translated into over 100 languages. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of his still wildly popular book, Arlen is still sought after as the man who has all the answers. Arlen find his world turned upside down when his life collides with Elizabeth, a single mother who might just be able to provide the salvation he needs. In addition, Arlen forms an unlikely friendship with Kris, a young man fresh out of rehab who is searching for meaning. Both Elizabeth and Kris are hopeful that Arlen has the answers, but the truth is, he hasn't got a clue. (Magnolia Pictures) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Though his film is a tad choppy and a lot chatty, Hindman elicits sympathetic performances from leads who demonstrate a deep understanding of movie physics.
  2. A promising premise and some very good actors are smothered in goo in The Answer Man.
  3. 50
    Never shows enough passion to be interestingly bad.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    Hindman is a stand-up comedian with many Turgenev-size issues on his mind--inadequate fathers and troubled sons, overprotective mothers, the search for belief--whose weight this slight picture can hardly bear. But the laid-back charm of Daniels and Graham's bumpy courtship gives the movie a much-needed edge of idiosyncrasy.
  5. 50
    How much more interesting is a film like "(500) Days of Summer," which is about the complexities of life, in comparison with this one, which cheerfully cycles through the cliches.
  6. 42
    Unoriginality is the greatest and most flagrant of its many sins.
  7. 25
    Brutally banal chitchat about life and love ensues.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 11, 2010
    10
    I have to say I agree with the above review, very insightful. It was not JUST a romantic comedy; it tied stories that really meant something in the film. Itâ Expand
  2. Nov 27, 2010
    8
    Watched this little gem last night with my wife. Though received with very mixed reviews by critics, we both really enjoyed this indie romantic comedy. Simple plot and character structure, yet provides some soulful insights into our relational needs as human beings, and the fear that often isolates us. Many Christians will find the film "theologically challenged" (and might be offended by some of the crude language), but it is not a film about man and God, but about human relationships, and the fullness we get from being together even when the world is a scary place. Expand

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