The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig star in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, a film directed by Ben Stiller. Photo credit: Wilson Webb. Picture TM & © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Opened: 12/25/2013 Wide

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Genre: Fantasy Comedy/Drama

Rated: PG for some crude comments, language and action violence.


No one really knows the power of the private dreams inside our heads . . . until they inspire our reality. That's what happens in Ben Stiller's contemporary rethink of one of the most influential fantasy stories of all time -- indeed the quintessential tale about the irresistible allure of fantasizing: James Thurber's THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. Stiller has taken that two-and-a-half page 1939 classic and opened it up into a 21st Century comic epic about a man who finds that his real life is about to blow his wildly over-active imagination out of the water.

This Walter Mitty (Stiller) is a modern day-dreamer, an ordinary magazine photo editor who takes a regular mental vacation from his ho-hum existence by disappearing into a world of fantasies electrified by dashing heroism, passionate romance and constant triumphs over danger. But when Mitty and the co-worker he secretly adores (Kristen Wiig) stand in actual peril of losing their jobs, Walter must do the unimaginable: take real action -- sparking a global journey more extraordinary than anything he could have ever dreamed up.

For Stiller, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY offered a rare chance to look at a touchstone American tale afresh, from new times. Way back in high school, he first encountered Thurber's story -- a story that almost as soon as it had been published in The New Yorker began making an impact that belied its ultra-brief length. It inspired a beloved 1940s screen comedy, numerous theatre works, and sealed the phrase "he's a Walter Mitty" into the popular lexicon, referring to anyone who throws more energy into diverting daydreams than into real life.

Now, Stiller saw a chance to take Thurber's endlessly escapist character into the full-scale complexity of our social networking, down-sizing, re-tooling times -- and to push his story further, comedically, dramatically and cinematically, bringing the full visual spectacle of modern filmmaking to the mix.

"What I love about this story is that it can't be categorized," Stiller says. "It has comedy, it has drama, it's an adventure story, it's real and it's fantastically hyper-real. Yet at the heart of it all is a character who I think everyone can connect to -- someone who appears to be just going through the motions of modern life but is living a whole different life inside his head. To me, he embodies all those things we imagine about ourselves and the world but that we never say."