Jeff Milner Movie Review – American Splendor

Anna and I rented American Splendor (IMDB link) DVD over the weekend. I can’t really say whether I give this movie a positive or negative rating overall. I’m glad I saw it, but I felt that at times it was slow and never, throughout the film, had a point. It just sort of told the story of Harvey Pekar and his comic books and then ended. It did pick up midway through the film with scenes of Harvey’s actual appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, and I found his nerd friend pretty funny with his love of all things nerdy – especially “Revenge of the Nerds”.

Overall I think you have to be a person that either loves underground comics, independent films, or just loves to watch movies to really enjoy this film. My recommendation: get it if you think you will like it, if you’re not sure, then you probably won’t. I know that seems odd, but based on my own reaction and the reaction of others that I know who have seen it, I think that’s a pretty fair way to put it.

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