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R| 1 hr. 40 min.

Plot Summary
Underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, portrayed by Paul Giamatti but also appearing as himself, is the subject of this inventive biopic. Much of the film focuses on the eccentric Pekar's day-to-day life in Cleveland, particularly his relationship with his patient wife, Joyce Brabner (played by Hope Davis and also appearing as herself). As Pekar's musings are brought to the screen in this unique and engaging production, the movie playfully incorporates comic book-like panels.

Cast: Paul Giamatti , Harvey Pekar , Shari Springer Berman , Earl Billings , James Urbaniak , Judah Friedlander , Robert Pulcini , Toby Radloff

Directors: Shari Springer Berman , Robert Pulcini

Genres: Biography, Comedy drama

Distributor: Fine Line Features

American Splendor (2003)

Release Date: August 15th, 2003|1 hr. 40 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Not your typical biopic. But it is one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a humane and witty treatment of an average life that, incidentally, speaks to the worth and inherent drama of average lives. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Produced by HBO but too good not to play theaters, this soon-to-be minor classic is the best movie about society's untrendiest since "Ghost World" exactly two years ago. show more

  • March 13, 2012 hkjos
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    I watched this movie for the first time a few days ago and was blown away by it. I really loved it! Mary Kjos

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