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The Answer Man

Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Hindman
Produced by Kevin Messic
Jana Edelbaum
Written by John Hindman
Starring Jeff Daniels
Lauren Graham
Lou Taylor Pucci
Olivia Thirlby
Kat Dennings
Thomas Roy
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Oliver Bokelberg
Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date(s) July 24, 2009 (2009-07-24)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Answer Man (previously titled The Dream of the Romans and Arlen Faber) is a 2009 romantic comedy film written and directed by John Hindman with an ensemble cast headed by Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham and Lou Taylor Pucci. Filming began on March 23, 2008 in Philadelphia[1] and ended in June 2008. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[2]



Everyone wants to meet Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels), the world famous author of the best-selling spiritual book "Me and God", but crotchety, disgruntled Arlen simply wants to be left alone - and so far he's been successful in keeping his identity a secret. But all that changes when troubled bookstore owner Kris Lucas (Lou Taylor Pucci) discovers his home address and barters books for Arlen's words of wisdom, and a back injury leads the reclusive writer to begin dating chiropractor and overprotective single mother Elizabeth (Lauren Graham). As Arlen's relationships with his newfound friends begin to grow, he must come to terms with his past and the realization that he doesn't hold all the answers.



The Answer Man received mixed to negative reviews. It currently holds a 33 percent "Rotton" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, from 40 reviews.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Michael Fleming (March 23, 2008). "'Romans' set to invade Philadelphia". Variety (Reed Business Information). Archived from the original on November 10, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2008. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Todd (December 3, 2008). "Sundance unveils competition lineup". Variety (Reed Business Information). Archived from the original on November 10, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ Di Fonzo, Carla (April 15, 2008). "'Dream' puts local actor on the big screen". Intelligencer Journal. Retrieved April 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ "The Answer Man (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 

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