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Hope Davis stars as Harvey Pekar's equally neurotic wife Joyce in
"American Splendor."

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Average Joe receives Hollywood treatment in 'Splendor'

Before the Internet helped facilitate the idea of granting everyday people a widely available soapbox to vent their frustrations, Harvey Pekar was quite a novelty. The scraggly haired, hoarse-voiced, divorced loner worked a mundane job as a file clerk at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Cleveland. With an intense gaze that actually proved more observational than hostile, Pekar achieved a certain Zen mastery of cynical wallowing.

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