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.
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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