Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) is the reclusive author of "Me and God", a book that has redefined spirituality for an entire generation. On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of his still-wildly-popular book, Arlen continues to be sought after as the man with all the answers. Then his life collides with those of Elizabeth (Lauren Graham), a single mom raising her seven-year-old son, and Kris (Lou Taylor Pucci), a young man fresh out of rehab who is searching for meaning. Both Elizabeth and Kris are hopeful that Arlen has answers for them, but the truth is, he hasn't got a clue. In Answer Man, writer/director John Hindman’s dialogue is clever and insightful, but not enough to eclipse the underlying sweetness of his film. He brings together an eccentric group of characters and allows them to work their way through this unique and ultimately inspiring story. It helps that the talented cast has an engaging chemistry that draws us into their cinematic lives. The emotional walls between our main characters are high—but not insurmountable, so the pleasure is in watching them try to get over them. If romance gives Arlen Faber its heart, then its spine is the things that make life complicated—heroes that let us down, life not giving us what we deserve, and fame not being all it’s cracked up to be.
--Courtesy of the 2009 Sundance Film FestivalJohn Hindman
When John was ten he saw Rocky and knew what he wanted to do with his life: make movies. He got his start in the entertainment business doing stand up comedy in the San Francisco Bay Area. After years of production experience, both in front of and behind the camera, he realized he wasn’t getting any closer to his goal of making movies, so he became a writer for hire on a few projects and then began writing on his own. His screenplay for The Answer Man was included on the 2007 Blacklist, a year-end list of the most well liked screenplays in Hollywood. John currently resides in Los Angeles.