Will Ferrell Month #4: Stranger Than Fiction, Elf

Stranger Than Fiction is a 2006 film written by Zach Helm about an average, white-collar worker named Harold who starts hearing a narrative voice in his head that states he is going to die. Harold starts doing everything that he can to find out more about the voice in his head, as well as avoid his imminent death.

The movie stars Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Queen Latifah, and Tony Hale. It is directed by Marc Foster.

This movie is a fun and smartly written story about death, life, and our part in our own fate. It’s enjoyable to watch Will Ferrell play the confused Harold. Dustin Hoffman is enjoyable as the consulted literary expert, Jules Hilbert. Hilbert considers his case, and says that Harold might be helped by figuring out whether his story(since it is being narrated), is a comedy or a tragedy.

Harold is also at this time assigned to audit a young woman named Ana (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal). He likes her, and it seems that she likes him. When she kicks him out of her apartment after Harold turns down her cookies for fear of bribery, Harold comes to the conclusion his story’s a tragedy. However, Hilbert recommends that he should try to enjoy his life since he is not in control of what’s going to happen to him. This is a good lesson to anyone.

Thus, Harold takes a vacation and pursues what he wants to do. He plays guitar, spends time with his co-worker Dave, takes a hiatus from work, and begins to date Ana. Meanwhile, he is able to match the voice in his head to a person– author Karen Eiffel.
As Harold and the author debate over whether to include the death or not, Harold is faced with what’s really important in life, the inevitability of death, and what to do with the time you have.


Elf is a 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell that is about an elf named Buddy who leaves the North Pole and ends up in New York City. As Buddy adapts to the human world, he finds a new makeshift family, makes friends, and spreads Christmas cheer.

The movie stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner, Mary Steenburgen, and Peter Dinklage. It is directed by Jon Favreau.

Elf is a fun movie that kids and adults will love! Will Ferrell is a delight as Buddy the Elf, a human who was adopted by the elves and still hasn’t really figured out that he’s human and not an elf. When Buddy leaves the North Pole for new adventures and lands, he winds up in New York City.
New York has a considerably different attitude about life than Buddy, and he struggles to fit in. He’s also on a mission to find his real dad(played by James Caan). Buddy’s irrestible happy attitude and enthusiasm for the holidays are annoying to some, and infectious to others.
It’s fun to watch Buddy adapt to the human world, and there’s a particularly great scene where he exposes a “fake” Santa in a New York department store. The movie is fun, colorful, and worth a watch for the whole family. You don’t even have to wait until the holidays!


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