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"From off the streets of Cleveland" comes the acclaimed filming of Ohio file clerk/jazz buff/crank Harvey Pekar's underground comic book chronicle of the commonplace travails of his daily life. Paul Giamatti plays Pekar, a prickly poet of the mundane, who brings his workaday world to graphic life with help from artist pal Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak), becomes a cult celebrity with appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman," and finds an equally eccentric soulmate in Delaware comics store worker Joyce Brabner (Hope Davis). The real-life Pekar serves as narrator and comments on the hilariously gritty goings-on in this superb film, one of the best of 2003.

Year: 2003
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Cult Films / After Dark, Film Festivals 2003, Sundance - Grand Jury Prize, 2004, Comics Movies, Biography
Country: USA
Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, James Urbaniak, Judah Friedlander, Harvey Pekar
Duration: 100 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language.
7.5/10
Location in store: Cult

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