American Splendor – Edited
American Splendor is the story of a little-known working-class everyman, and first-class curmudgeon, Harvey Pekar. Pekar finds love, family and a creative voice through the underground comic books he creates, but still can’t manage to find the quicker supermarket checkout line. Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.
Pekar, played by Paul Giamatti, is a frustrated file clerk at a V.A. Hospital, but 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, entitled American Splendor. Along the bumpy journey, he meets, marries and falls for Joyce, an admiring comic book seller, played by Hope Davis.
Also appearing in the movie are the real Harvey and Joyce, comic book renderings of the couple, and cameos by some of Harvey’s closes friends. In this truly original, ultimately heartwarming film, you will find yourself deeply immersed in a world of American Splendor.
At the beginning of this film I was bored out of my mind and thinking who would produce such a film. But as I watched more and more of this film, I found myself getting into this little world of Harvey Pekar. He is such an unusual character and then he meets and fall in love with Joyce another weird character, but somehow they just seem right for each other. I liked the way the director would inject the real life Harvey and Joyce into the film, much like a documentary. By the end of the film you find yourself pulling for Harvey and liking him a bit too.