American Splendor Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 1348

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 128

Theatrical Release Date: 08/15/2003

Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Biography

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Actors: Paul Giamatti, Harvey Pekar, Earl Billings, Shari Springer Berman, Maggie Moore, Hope Davis

Plot: A file clerk finds success writing comics about an everyday man that people seem to enjoy reading about because of the real people he creates.

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dukeakasmudge - wrote on 09/17/2011

Im not into the comic books but I definitely liked the movie even though I wasnt expecting to

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Bri - wrote on 01/03/2011

What a charming and uplifting little movie. Paul Giamatti is at his grouchy best, but this movie is full of imperfect love and tenacious humor. Harvey Pekar will be missed, but this is a wonderful introduction to his work and personality.

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/17/2010

Paul Giamatti gives a great quirky and neurotic performance here. I found this film subtle and enjoyable, but at times it is a little dull and slow-moving.

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An American Masterpiece

filmfan09 - wrote on 01/12/2009

Excellent film, my favorite movie of 2003.

This is such an original and brilliant bio-pic. In 'American Splendor,' Paul Giamatti plays Harvey Pekar, the comic book creator who became famous as a recurring guest on the David Letterman Show. A resident of Cleveland, Pekar was a socially backward man who found he had the talent to translate the pain, loneliness and frustration of his own unhappy life into universal truths, writing material that other artists would then illustrate in comic book form. He began a series entitled `American Splendor,' which was really an ongoing autobiographical narrative, drawing on people and events in his own life as his source of inspiration. The film, a pseudo-documentary of sorts, tells his life story by cutting back and forth between both staged …

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