American Splendor R

Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff
American Splendor
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: February 3, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: HBO Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary - 1. Directors and Cast
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Easter Eggs
  • Bonus Products:
    • "My Movie Year" 8-Page Comic Insert
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
  • DVD-Rom Features

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh94%

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Total Count: 186

Upright86%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 44,542
Rating: 5/5 -- Earthy, gritty and real; for older kids. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 22, 2010
...One of the best movies of the year, advancing the careers of Berman, Giamatti and Davis in the process...
Entertainment Weekly
Aug 22, 2003
...Hope Davis is perfection in the role....Giamatti and Davis are a dream team, sparking this unlikely love story with a touching conviction...
Rolling Stone
Sep 4, 2003
We're constantly kept on our toes regarding issues of representation while Pekar's sour but indefatigible working-class skepticism carries us along. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Apr 17, 2007
What makes the film special throughout is the way its form mirrors its subject matter. On every level, it's a film about unlikely marriages. Full Review
Film Comment Magazine
Apr 10, 2018
Underneath all this schtick pulses a restrained, pensive take on how the terrific loneliness of the modern human condition can be ameliorated through its narration. Misery loves company, in other words, especially if it's comically described. Full Review
The Brooklyn Rail
Jun 18, 2012
I can't imagine how the filmmakers went about it, let alone pulled the whole thing off, but their film comes together in unpredictable and remarkably pleasurable ways. Full Review
Wall Street Journal
Apr 12, 2013

Product Description:

Harvey Pekar, the hilariously downtrodden Cleveland comic book artist, is the subject of AMERICAN SPLENDOR, titled after Pekar's autobiographical series. Played by actor Paul Giamatti, Pekar also appears as himself, giving the film a documentary feeling with many behind-the-scenes on-set shots. Directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini maintain this balance between the actors and the real-life characters--Pekar's wife Joyce and coworker Toby also appear on set as themselves--while crafting a funny, difficult, heartwarming tale that encapsulates Pekar's life, work, and uniquely bizarre perspectives.

Pekar is a pessimistic file clerk with no hope of ever rising above his boring job, slobbish apartment, and bad attitude. Wonderfully set in his ways, Pekar's constant self-deprication is clearly a front for his prolific interests in music and art. When his friend Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak) gets his big break as a comic book artist, Pekar decides to try his hand at the craft. Though he can't illustrate, his stories are good, and Crumb agrees to help draw the pictures. Soon several artists are illustrating Pekar's American Splendor series, and the comic book's readership grows. The film continues through the events of Pekar's life--meeting wife Joyce Brabner, appearing on David Letterman, struggling with cancer, and adopting a daughter--always showing Pekar's no-frills approach to life. A creative and punchy film, AMERICAN SPLENDOR invites viewers into the odd world of Pekar and his comic-book antihero persona.

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  • Theatrical Release Date: August 15, 2003
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 66,050
  • UPC: 026359203121
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