This quirky comic fantasy stars Will Ferrell as an uptight tax inspector whose life takes a bizarre turn.

He suddenly begins hearing a soothing voice giving a running narrative of his workaday life, only to slowly realise that he is actually a character in a book that is in the process of being written by a famous novelist (Emma Thompson). And she’s planning to kill him off!

Ferrell plays it straight for most of the movie and delivers one of his best performances, and the film is most effective in the scenes where he embarks on a tentative romance with the baker (Maggie Gyllenhaal) his character has been sent to audit.

Dustin Hoffman, as a literature professor, and Linda Hunt, as a shrink Ferrell seeks help from, also make their roles count.

Thoughtful, clever and entertaining, this is a special little movie.