Taxes on the Silver Screen

By Suzanne Woolley, with Ben Steverman - 2013-03-20T20:35:13Z

Photograph by Sony Pictures/Everett Collection

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Will Ferrell, 'Stranger Than Fiction'

Ferrell plays IRS agent Harold Crick, who must audit lefty bakery owner Maggie Gyllenhaal. "Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations, and remarkably few words," says the film's narrator, a book writer whose voice Crick hears in his head.
Best tax line: (From a Crick colleague) "Dude, I just totally caught some insurance adjuster claiming his jet ski as a work vehicle."
Tax takeaway: Even badly socialized obsessive-compulsive tax agents can loosen up and get the girl in the end.