American Splendor

DVD - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
American Splendor
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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Mar 08, 2015
  • jds1 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 22, 2013
  • ThelmaPickles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Harvey Pekar is my soulmate.

Sep 12, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've always said that Paul Giamatti is sort of the more obscure version of Robert De Niro, and American Splendor is Giamatti's 'Raging Bull'. The story of the misanthropic and gloomy comic book author Harvey Pekar is bitter journey into issues most Americans don't think about, the frustrations and trials the average citizen must go through . I really feel Paul Giamatti understands this more than anyone, his performance is so real and geniuine, and just to make it more authentic, the filmmakers actually got the the real Harvey Pekar to narrate, most times I honestly can't tell them apart. Pekar finds a niche in something that he loves, and even if it might not look like, you can tell he loves doing it, and it's dedication like that gets you out of bed each morning to have another semi-decent day.

Dec 28, 2012
  • ttmilbr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 31, 2012
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

May 26, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 05, 2010
  • Charlie68 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 06, 2009
  • AS1987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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