The movie focuses on the life of Harvey Pekar and how he got into writing comics about the daily chores of his life as a file clerk in a hospital in Cleveland. It also focuses on the aftermath of this new career as a writer (including his ongoing relationship (as a frequent guest) with David Letterman).
I thought it was pretty good. It was certainly faithful to the comic, in that it showed lots of little vignettes from the comic and it also showcased various panels of art from the real book. I thought it kind of reminded me a bit of a Woody Allen movie at times (especially the scenes of Harvey's first meetings with his wife, Joyce).
I don't know if it would be for everybody, but I think it would certainly be worth a look for those of you who think that the ONLY movies out there based on comics feature superheroes. If you liked "Ghost World", you definitely should check this movie out.
On a scale of $0.00 to $8.00, I'd be willing to pay $7.00 to see this movie.
You may want to check the website American Splendor: The Movie for more info.
re: fur on film. You may want to see the scenes with Paul Giamatti with his shirt off...he's quite abundantly hairy. He's not in the best shape in the world, and there is some hair on his back and shoulders, but if you are into that sort of thing (I am), you may just enjoy this part of the movie too...