American Splendor

Fiction and reality blend in this portrait of Cleveland-based comic-book author Harvey Pekar.

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American Splendor


Biography, Comedy drama100 Mins2003R

Underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, portrayed by Paul Giamatti but also appearing as himself, is the subject of this inventive biopic. Much of the film focuses on the eccentric Pekar's day-to-day life in Cleveland, particularly his relationship with his patient wife, Joyce Brabner (played by Hope Davis and also appearing as herself). As Pekar's musings are brought to the screen in this unique and engaging production, the movie playfully incorporates comic book-like panels.


  • Engaging
  • Playful
  • Quirky