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The Answer Man (2009/Magnolia DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Feature: D



Jeff Daniels plays a best selling author in the New Age religion mode who becomes a hit when he convinces too many people he has talked to God, but as The Answer Man, he turns out to be a cynical phony who becomes outright desperate in one of the worst films Daniels ever made.  Shrill, tired, annoying and an outright waste of time, nothing here is funny and 97 minutes seems like an eternity alright when it goes on and on.


Add a woman and her drug-rehab son and you know this will not be your usual romantic comedy, or any kind of comedy.  Writer/Director John Hindman creates a mess that has nothing to do with reality with people who don’t talk anything like this in real life and are as cardboard as a light brown box can get… boring!


Skip this and look for your answers elsewhere.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is surprisingly soft throughout with phony color and motion blur, plus bad digital graphics that make this a painful watch.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is very flat and compressed with poorly-recorded dialogue that sounds like amateur hour.  What a lame combination.  Extras include an HDNet episode plugging its release, two making of featurettes and an inexplicable audio commentary track.





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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