This is the kind of film Michel Ghondry tries to make.
It's a smart funny film which probes the existential questions we deal with every day. These days it seems, if we were to believe Hollywood, that audience only want to laugh at people making fools of themselves. Stranger Than Fiction offers us hope that maybe we want to laugh at the incredible insanity of human existance sometimes too. Sometimes we want to laugh without having to turn our minds off.
Stanger Than Fiction isn't often laugh out loud funny. Instead its focus is to play with the absurdity of life. There are laugh out loud moments but that's really not the point and if that's what you are looking for you should look elsewhere.
Instead, check out Stranger Than Fiction for subtle and beautiful performances by Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman and yes, Will Farrell. Farrell wants so badly to do something other than running around in his underwear and here it is. Here he's clever and quite heart breaking.
Fiction ends up being a quite affirming despite its absurdity. Instead of making you feel superior about laughing at silly people this kind of comedy makes you laugh at yourself and n the process makes you more comfortable with yourself. Those other comedies hide our insecurities in a false sense of superiority. This kind makes you understand your own foibles and embrace them.