The Station Agent is a 2003 comedy-drama starring Creator/PeterDinklage, Patricia Clarkson, and Bobby Cannavale. Dinklage plays Finbar [=McBride=], a quiet man who moves into an abandoned train depot which he inherits when his friend and coworker dies. The withdrawn Fin soon finds himself reluctantly enmeshed in the lives of his new neighbors.

The film won scriptwriter Thomas [=McCarthy=] the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

!!Contains the following tropes:
* AbandonedArea: An abandoned train station.
* CaptainObvious: Carl's narration of his homemade train movie. Did ''you'' know that smoke goes back when the train goes forward?
* {{Catchphrase}}: Olivia's "Shit!"
* DiscriminateAndSwitch: Fin has dwarfism, and is also passionate about trains, which leads to this exchange.
-->'''Joe''': Do they have clubs for you people?\\
''(Beat. Fin and Olivia exchange glances.)''\\
'''Fin''': What?\\
'''Joe''' (oblivious): You know, like, a "Train of the Month" club.
* DoggedNiceGuy: A rare heterosexual version. Joe is really interested in being Fin's friend, despite Fin being absolutely disinterested.
-->'''Joe''': So, if you guys do something later, can I come?\\
'''Fin''': We're not doing anything later.\\
'''Joe''': Yeah but if you do, can I come?\\
'''Fin''': ...We're not doing anything.\\
'''Joe''': Yeah, but...if you do, can I come?
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Olivia manages to almost kill Fin twice in one day.
* {{Jerkass}}: Chris.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Subverted. Fin is really just a normal, fairly boring person who gets frustrated when people treat him as if he's unusual because of his dwarfism.
* LonelyTogether: The central theme of the film, as each of the characters is desperately lonely but in ''completely'' different ways.
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Oh, yes.
* ManChild: Joe. Some guy playing with kids asks to buy soda:
--> ''"We're closed. I'll play soccer with you though!" (runs off)''
* RailEnthusiast: Fin
* SexySpectacles: Invoked when Fin has a quasi-romance with a [[HotLibrarian librarian]] and his friends suggest he should buy her some glasses.
* SupremeChef: Joe, who apparently knows what a garlic press is.
* TheStoic: Fin.
* UnexpectedInheritance: Harry apparently owned a abandoned train depot in Newfoundland, and bequeathed it to Fin.