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Dan in Real Life (2007)

Dan in Real Life (2007)

Dan in Real Life



Critic Consensus: The fine performances elevate Dan in Real Life beyond its sentimental plot.

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A widower and father of three who also writes a parenting advice column for his local newspaper falls for the girlfriend of his younger brother during a family vacation in director Peter Hedges' offbeat love-triangle laugher. Steve Carell stars as the writer who finds his widely known convictions put to the ultimate test, with Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche respectively assuming the roles of the younger sibling and his radiant girlfriend.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some innuendo)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Hedges, Pierce Gardner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 11, 2008
Box Office: $47.6M
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Steve Carell
as Dan Burns
Dane Cook
as Mitch
Emily Blunt
as Ruthie Draper
Amy Ryan
as Eileen
Frank Wood
as Howard
C.J. Adams
as Elliott Burns
Jessica Lussier
as Jessica Burns
Felipe Dieppa
as Marty Barasco
Bernie McInerney
as James Lamson
Amy Landecker
as Cindy Lamson
Steve Mellor
as Bookstore Clerk
Pauline Gregory
as Bowling Alley Manage...
Shana Carr
as Suzanne Burns
Nicole Morin
as Jane (Age 13)
Charlotte Davies
as Cara (Age 11)
Zoe Paulkis
as Lilly (Age 4)
Lucas Hedges
as Lilly's Dance Partne...
Sondre Lerche
as Sondre Lerche
Kato ??dland
as Wedding Band Guitar ...
Ole Ludvig Krüger
as Wedding Band Drummer
Morten Skage
as Wedding Band Bass Pl...
Marci Occhino
as Wedding Singer
Michael Peavey
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Dan in Real Life

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (41)

A charming, though occasionally off-target -- and consistently tempo-challenged -- romantic comedy.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009

The most cloying family meeting since A Very Brady Christmas

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Una comedia romántica muy menor, predecible e intrascendente que desaprovecha por completo el talento de un buen elenco. Una lástima.

Full Review… | May 10, 2009
Uruguay Total

What's wrong with Steve Carrell? His is one of the quickest falls from comedy to crap since Chevy Chase.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

A creature made of gingerbread and hugs.

Full Review… | March 17, 2009
Film Freak Central

I prefer a little more dysfunction in my dysfunctional family comedies.

Full Review… | August 18, 2008
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Dan in Real Life


"Dan in Real Life" is enjoyable - stories about falling love usually are. Not every movie needs to have the complications of "Hamlet".

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Dan in Real Life suffers the usual family comedy film with overbearing clichés from many other films that came before it. I thought that this film was a wasted opportunity to make a film that would have great comedic bits, and be overall a fun, entertaining comedy. However, I found myself mostly bored with this, and not laughing all that much. I thought that Steve Carrell, who is usually really funny, was wasted here and that the rest of the cast just didn't cut it. I thought that Dan in Real Life could have been much better than this, and I felt that the jokes could have been better. Steve Carrell, like I said is wasted here, and I don't even know why this film has Dane Cook in it, aside from his role in Waiting, he's not funny as a comedian and actor. The film started with potential, and it was funny at times, but unfortunately, by the final act, everything including the jokes fall apart, and the film ends up being a total waste of time. I think this film could have been better if the screenwriters would have put a bit more effort into the script. After a while, the film becomes predictable, and you know what will happen next. As a viewer, you lose interest and end up not caring what happens next because we've seen it a hundred times before. This comedy leaves a lot to be desired and overall, it's boring, and I just couldn't get into it. I think that this film could have been better, but it was not to be. Not one of Steve Carrell's best.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

My predicted rating: 3.5

This isn't a Comedy in the sense that you'll be laughing all the way through, but it is a relatable Comedy with comical parts. Those family get togethers, the adult and child double standards - easy watching with a feel good factor.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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