Karen Eiffel is a dry-witted writer who needs to smoke like a chimney to focus on her work. She is in the throes of writer’s block and she always seems absorbed in deep thoughts and deaf to people around her.
The main characters of her novel always end up dying and the writer’s block came at the moment she did not find a way to bring death to the protagonist.
Her desk is chock-full of paper handkerchiefs filled with shattered cigarettes and non-working lighters; her wide and empty room is often the theatre of her sudden bursts of emotions.
Karen Eiffel is a chain-smoker famous writer, struggling with writer’s block and she is trying to come up with the ending of a story (she always kills her main characters but this time she cannot find a way to kill his protagonist at the end of the story).
Harold Crick is an average man working as IRS agent, who lives his life according to routine until something upsets him: he begins to hear a mysterious female voice narrating his life. It’s Karen’s voice and Harold is unknowingly the protagonist of Karen’s novel so he’s doomed to die.
Great cast, nice movie, original and interesting script.
Will Ferrell, supremely gifted in comedic roles, puts on a good performance in a more serious role.