Dan in Real Life (2007)

Dan in Real Life (2007)

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for some innuendo)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Steve Carell
as Dan Burns
Dane Cook
as Mitch
Emily Blunt
as Ruthie Draper
Amy Ryan
as Eileen
Frank Wood
as Howard
Cameron Adams
as Elliot
Ella Miller
as Rachel
C.J. Adams
as Elliott Burns
Jessica Lussier
as Jessica Burns
Margot Janson
as Olivia
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 Manager
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 Partner
Sondre Lerche
as Sondre Lerche
Kato ??dland
as Wedding Band Guitar Player
Ole Ludvig Krüger
as Wedding Band Drummer
Morten Skage
as Wedding Band Bass Player
Marci Occhino
as Wedding Singer
Michael Peavey
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Dan in Real Life

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (41)

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November 15, 2011
Time Out
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November 15, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Smoothly entertaining fare, but with a bit more nerve it could have been so much more.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

This is his [Carell's] most assured and rounded performance to date.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
CNN.com
Top Critic

Now, everybody knows that Steve Carell is lovable.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dan in Real Life

 

   
   

Super Reviewer

½

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

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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