Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
Dan in Real Life
Something's happening to Dan. It's confusing. It's awkward. It's family.
Advice columnist Dan Burns (Carell) is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent to three precocious daughters. Things get even more complicated when Dan finds out that the woman he falls in love with is actually his brother's new girlfriend.
Dan In Real Life is an incredibly heartfelt family drama; they may not be the most realistic of families, but they bring to light some relatable problems and relationships. The relationship between Dan and his daughters is especially moving, with Steve Carell doing what he does best when he is given a real character. He makes you laugh and he makes you cry, completely absorbing you in to his situation and engaging you with his wit, awkwardness, and personal realisations.
Dan is a columnist. People send Dan letters writing about their family problems. Dan tries to solve them with his column. He's a great writer and adviser. Dan is a great father of three daughters. He loves them a lot. But he's a bad dad. He has them imprisoned by infinite rules. Dan is a person of morals and ethics. One day, Dan takes his daughters to his parents house where his entire family gather every year for Thanksgiving. Once there, he meets Marie, a cute and adorable woman at the book store one fine morning. He falls for her. He comes back home only to learn that this woman... this sweet, sexy, beautiful, omg, hottie... is his brother's girlfriend.…
What a terrible film, and what a terrible life view the makers of this film must have. What is the purpose of this film? I really struggle with this.
Absolutely nothing Dan does is justified, and not even once do I sympathize with him. In the end he even gets the girl, who, for some weird reason, seem to love him even though he's a self centered asshole. Not exactly daddy of the year either...
Ok, where to start.
To be able to laugh at (or with) someone's flaws, and grow sympathy for someone even though they're jerks, you need to feel some empathy for them as well. This is mainly done by showing the audience that deep inside they…
Steve Carell delivers a fantastic performance in this low-key, sentimental drama. Dan In Real Life isn't anything special, it treads familiar ground both thematically and it's in plot, but it produces enough for a slightly heart-warming and enjoyable experience. Carell really does own it, though. I'm a huge fan of his comedic performances, but I think he's also great within the realms of drama, too. It's a sweet little film.
Loved the family dynamics of the film and Binoche and Carrell do really well opposite each other. The comedy between the father and his daughters is on point too. The ending wrapped together too neatly to make a lasting impression, but overall a satisfying, enjoyable way to spend an evening.
To look at the image on the DVD/Blu Ray, you'd think this would be a stinker of a movie, or at least a dopey comedy. But lo and behold, Dan in Real Life is actually a really entertaining film with an "independent" (the cool kind) vibe about it. And Steve Carell, as he often does, plays a man - a single father of three, in this case - who is seriously out of sorts.
Dan, a widower and partner-less for four years, meets a wonderful woman and the two of them get along famously... but shortly after that love at first sight, Dan realizes there is a huge monkey wrench in the works - that lovely lady is already dating…
A very mediocre movie. It was extremely predictable and not overly funny. I didn't hate the movie, and I don't regret watching it, it's just very stale. Do yourself a favor and watch "The Family Stone" instead, which follows pretty much the exact same plot, but was executed slightly better.
É un film che ti da na carica.....urkaaaaaa! Da non guardare quando soffri per amore o ti é appena morto qualcuno.
I understand some of the flack this movie gets but for me it's a wonderfully charming and heartfelt tale that really shows Steve's acting range.
Why is Dan such an ass for the entire film?
After reading a positive review of this film by a friend, I decided to give it a shot.
The story centres around the character of Dan (Steve Carell), a fairly recent widower, with 3 girls of various ages. Dan is also an agony uncle for a newspaper.
The film starts with Dan and the children getting ready to spend some time with the rest of the wider family for a holiday. This is an annual family get together and we soon meet all the rest of the rather large family.
Dan then happens to meet a woman played by Juliette Binoche at a local bookstore, and they instantly hit it off. Unfortunately for Dan though, this is his brothers (Dusty…
Dan in Real Life had the potential to be even better than it was but still it was a pretty enjoyable film. Although it was a bit more sentimental than it needed to be and though the ending was too happy, thanks to Steve Carell's fantastic performance where he showcased the best of his dramatic and comic skills, to its agreeable supporting cast, and to its sometimes clever writing, it was a nice movie that was fun to watch.
I've always loved this film but just assumed others wouldn't for some reason.
It's well paced, humble and human. It doesn't go for big set pieces, no belly laughs, not even that much drama but it's warm and approachable and just makes me smile.
Really, it's just a pleasure to be in the company of the characters.
Likeable but very predictable little comedy that coasts by very easily on Steve Carell's charm.
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- Black Dynamite
- Death to Smoochy
- The Happiness of the Katakuris
- Funny Face
- Dan in Real Life
- When Harry Met Sally...
- Falling in Love
- You've Got Mail
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- 2001: A Space Odyssey
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I'm a hoarder. Deal with it.
Current number: 975
Watched: 55% (536 out of 975)