American Splendor Movie Review 2003

Information and Film Reviews for American Splendor the Movie

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Giamatti is brilliant as Harvey Pekar, a life-long file clerk in Cleveland who authored the R. Crumb-illustrated autobiographical graphic novels of the film's title. The unlikely courtship of misfits Pekar and his third wife Joyce Brabner (Davis) is comically portrayed as the two kindred souls mysteriously come together. Their unlikely romance mirrors the unlikelihood that a comic filled with the pessimism, cynicism, and wry comic observations of Pekar's admitted hum-drum life would somehow translate just as well onto the big screen. But it does. Documentarian directors Berman and Pulcini weave fiction with fact as the real Pekar narrates and cameos. They also make use of illustrated comic segments and footage from Pekar's frequent appearances on David Letterman's show.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 101 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

This Is Your Life, Only the Lonely, Adapted from Comics, Writers, Comic Books
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, Earl Billings, James Urbaniak, Judah Friedlander, Donal Logue, Molly Shannon, James McCaffrey, Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Terry Stacey
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Mark Suozzo
Whit Norris, Linda Cohen, Robert Pulcini, Michael Wilkinson, Therese DePrez
Ted Hope, HBO Films, Good Machine, Fine Line Features


L.A. Film Critics 2003: Film, Screenplay; N.Y. Film Critics 2003: Actress (Davis); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2003: Film, Screenplay; Writers Guild 2003: Adapt. Screenplay.

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