Movie Review: Dan in Real Life

Fun Movie to See With the Family

Dan-in-Real-Life Dan in Real Life is a cute, touching movie about a widower / single father of three girls struggling to hold his family together and find love. Dan (Steve Carell), an advice columnist has been a widower for 4 years and has focused all of his attention on his kids, who are growing up, despite his best efforts. The kids are all starting to grow a little weary of dad’s “focus” on them and need a little breathing room.

The family goes away for a yearly “bonding” weekend with the extended family and that’s where the fun begins. Dan meets an amazing woman, whom he later finds out is dating his brother. He loves her, she loves him, but this love is FORBIDDEN. Will he back off, will they sip wicked nectar of this off-limits lovin’? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you.

Let’s just say that it’s a fun, funny, touching movie that I watched with my wife and my teenage daughter. One hug (daughter) and one cry (wife) let me know that it was a good choice.

Rating: 4 out of 5 star rating 4 out of 5

Cast: This was an ensemble cast that really worked well. Steve Carell did a great job in this role. He was totally believable. The best compliment that I can pay him is that I never once thought of Michael Scott. Juliette Binoche, the love interest was good-not-great but very believable. John Mahoney, Dan’s father was as good as he was in Frazer, if not a bit less gruff. Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson, and Marlene Lawston played the three daughters and were all amazing.

Director: Peter Hedges – I really liked the way the movie paced itself. I wasn’t blown away, but it was a nice directorial job.

Shining Stars: Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson, and Marlene Lawston (three daughters) all killed. I’ll be very surprised if they all go on to have very good careers.

Funniest Moment(s): All of the scenes with Brittany Roberston (middle daughter) and her “lover” boyfriend. The two of them are soooo funny as love struck teenagers.

Soundtrack: Great! The music is by Sondre Lerche. We walked out of the theatre and went directly into Barnes & Noble to buy the soundtrack.

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