Not nearly as good as the novel. I shouldn't have read it before seeing the film - but oh well. Glad to see Jonathan Ames worked on the screenplay. Paul Dano and Kevin Kline are wonderful together. They are the true embodiments of Louis and Henry.
The voice over feels very out of place, especially since it is dropped quickly. The whole film has a Wonder Boys feel (even has Katie Holmes reprise her plot purpose), but falls short of being as compelling. If you have not seen Wonder Boys, watch that instead.
As a great admirer of Jonathan Ames (The Alcoholic, Bored to Death), I was looking forward to see another audiovisual production based on the man's witty writing. If you live in a liminal space tucked between the past and the present and if you can avoid the inevitable comparison to Wes Anderson (the opening reverie is straight out of Rushmore) you might love this thing
Not as whimsical or funny as it thinks it is, The Extra Man does boast three things that set it above other of its ilk, and those are Kline, Dano, and Reilly. Kevin Kline is his usual zany brilliance, and Paul Dano provides an excellent straight man to Kline's craziness, and Reilly is always amazing at comic relief. But Katie Holmes needs to stop acting, and fast. I can't think of a single movie I've liked her in.