Sure we've seen him in comedies, but he's not really acting, he's just being himself. Yeah he's funny, but that's just what he does. So when I heard that Stranger than Fiction (2006) isn't really a comedy, I was intrigued. Will Ferrell plays an IRS agent who lives a very routine and boring life. Then one day he's hears a voice. A voice that no one else can hear. This voice narrates his life. It wasn't until the voice said he would die when he really needed to figure this out. He tries to track down his "author" and stop her from killing him.
Will Ferrell does a surprisingly good job in a serious role. The story is really interesting and unexpected and the plot moves at a good pace. Co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (Dark Knight), Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, and Queen Latifah make this a solid cast and the movie just makes you happy and sad at the same time. Don't expect a comedy.
It runs 113 minutes and is rated PG-13. Pretty much anyone can watch it, anyone under 13 wouldn't really enjoy it. I give it 8 ramheads out of 10 and recommend it.