Stranger Than Fiction (2006, USA) C-113m. ** D: Marc Forster. Starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Tom Hulce, Linda Hunt. Fantasy drama about Ferrell, who leads an exceptionally boring life working for the IRS. One day he hears a voice that seems to be narrating his life, and when that voice announces his pending death, Ferrell is anxious to find out who the voice is. Actually it belongs to acclaimed writer Thompson, whose latest novel seems to be about him. Comedy drama ahs some good performances, but script works on a few coincidences and unlikelihoods too many. The score is good.

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