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: 3.5/5 -- Played to perfection by Paul Giamatti, Pekar defies the categories of hero, villain, or even anti-hero. He simply exists, an ordinary man trying to make the best of a largely disappointing life. Full Review
Far Out Magazine
Aug 27, 2018
[T]he film brilliantly blends cynical humour with justified pathos. Splendid.
Uncut
Jul 1, 2004
It would be a mistake to regard American Splendor as an anthem for the common man. It is the uncommon that is being celebrated here.
New York Magazine/Vulture
Aug 7, 2004
...[Pekar is] played with lyrical desperation by Paul Giamatti...
Los Angeles Times
Aug 15, 2003
...Hilarious, moody and cantankerous....Enjoyable...
New York Times
Aug 15, 2003
The rare artist biopic that goes beyond the dull march of events and actually illuminates the creative process.
AV Club
Jul 14, 2010
Channels Pekar's vision of art and life as twinned struggles. One of cinema's great first-date sequences is here. We're splendidly shown how a lower-class nine-to-fiver has his own creative selves and richly expressive life. Full Review
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
May 10, 2012

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: 31,876
  • UPC: 026359203121
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