Stranger Than Fiction - Will Ferrell

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The Movie: Stranger Than Fiction

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: What happens when a man suddenly starts to hear someone narrating his life as if he were the main character in a story? That’s exactly what happens to IRS auditor Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), and as if hearing a female voice describing everything he was doing wasn’t bad enough, she’s also made him out to be an ill-fated protagonist, and his death is imminent. It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, “There are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.”

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Will Ferrell is best known for his raucously hilarious comedic roles in Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and other comedies. But in 2006, Stranger Than Fiction saw Ferrell mix some of his comedic antics with an outstanding dramatic performance that should have earned him an Academy Award nomination. Read More »

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