American Splendor

American Splendor

DVD - 2004
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Pekar is a frustrated file clerk working at the local V.A. Hospital. He is also a comic book fan who befriends the young illustrator Robert Crumb and is soon inspired to create comic books based on his own life. Along his bumpy journey he meets, marries and falls in love with Joyce, an admiring comic book seller.

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jds1
Mar 08, 2015

I like Paul Giamatti but had a hard time getting into this movie. Maybe dark humour? NOT crappy, definitley not my cup of tea.

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ThelmaPickles
Oct 22, 2013

Harvey Pekar is my soulmate.

ttmilbr Dec 28, 2012

Very well done. Creative flips between cinema and reality. Definitely worth seeing.

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uzebdrumz
Aug 31, 2012

This film provides the background to the life of Harvey Pekar & all those appearances on television in the 80's and 90's. Harvey's social conditions explain his rather irascible personality. The juxtaposition of real personalities with actors in the film gives credibility to the actors' portrayal of the characters. You may ask yourself if you watch the historical Letterman clips or the clips of Harvey in this film, "Is this guy for real?" Apparently, the answer is an emphatic yes.

voisjoe1 May 26, 2012

American Splendor is a film about Harvey Pekar, an ordinary guy living a bleak existence that decides to work with comic book artists and start a comic book series about the travails of his life. He became famous and when he got on the David Letterman Show, I realized that the story was real, as the real Harvey shows up in the Letterman show of a few decades ago. The movie is curious like this, as this is the only biographical movie where I have seen the real characters interacting with the actors. Harvey never got rich, but the royalties gave him some additional money to raise his living standard above subsistence.

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Charlie68
Aug 05, 2010

I liked this warm story about a man living in Cleveland average blue collar who makes an impact on the world. It was funny, sweet and had some serious themes when the main character develops cancer and the battles that he goes through.

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AS1987
Jul 06, 2009

One of the most creative bio-pics ever made. An extremely innovative form of storytelling.

Paul Giamatti is incredible playing comic-book legend Harvey Pekar.

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