American Splendor is abiographical comedy & drama movie about Harvey Pekar, an author of the American Splendor comic book series. The movie is also in part copy of the comics, which dramatize Pekar's life. The film was written & directed by documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who share writing credit with Pekar and his wife, Joyce Brabner. American Splendor won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, not onloy that bu as well the award for "Best Adapted Screenplay" from the Writers Guild of America.
The film stars Paul Giamatti as Pekar and Hope Davis as Brabner. It also features appearances from Pekar and Brabner themselves (along with Toby Radloff), who talk about their lives, the comic books, and how it feels to be depicted on screen by actors. The entire movie was filmed in Cleveland and Lakewood in Ohio