THE ANSWER MAN

The Answer Man may remind you of another movie—one in which Jack Nicholson tells Helen Hunt she makes him want to be a better man and they win Oscars. But fear not: First-time director John Hindman manages to make his story fresh, thanks to a misanthropic turn by Jeff Daniels.

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The Answer Man may remind you of another movie—one in which Jack Nicholson tells Helen Hunt she makes him want to be a better man and they win Oscars. But fear not: First-time director John Hindman manages to make his story fresh, thanks to a misanthropic turn by Jeff Daniels. Daniels plays the best-selling author of a self-help guide called Me and God, who is, unbeknownst to his legions of fans—surprise, surprise—a reclusive, spiritually bankrupt jerk. The prescription is, of course, a beautiful, understanding woman (Lauren Graham), but Hindman adds gravitas to this well-worn formula by exploring some deeper philo-sophical questions. It's not as good as it gets, but it's close enough. David Walters

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