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.
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…
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.
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.
Yes, this is indeed a random movie to review, but I borrowed it from my brother because I had never seen it and I figured, why not?
When this was released I feel like a bunch of "family reunion" dramedies were coming and going in theaters. This reminds me of The Family Stone for sure, but I know I'm forgetting a few comparable titles. Anyway, so yeah, this is predictable from the get-go unfortunately. Like, if you can't see everything coming from a mile away, please see more movies. Yes, that was snobby, intentionally so.
This film goes overboard with the awkwardness, but what helps alleviate that is a stellar performance by Steve Carell. I have a thing for purely…
I saw the reviews for this when it came out and gutted I missed it. I've often picked it up in HMV but always put it down again. This came through the post and I watched it today. I loved it.
This is a truly lovely film. Real. Personable. Honest. Some amazing acting and writing. The actors inhibit their roles perfectly. Steve Carrell is amazing in the lead role of Dan. You feel the characters drive, pain and loneliness and he blows me away in this film. I've never seen him in this light before yet every part of him seemed real in this film. He was the widower father of three girls. The connection between him and Binoche must…
A beautifully tender piece of filmmaking. Great balance between light, soft humour and raw, honest emotion. It's all very low-key yet thoroughly compelling nonetheless. There's some pleasantly sbtle work from Steve Carell as Dan, too. Impressively, it only got a PG rating here in the UK; for a movie that deals with adult themes, there's very little here in the way of remotely objectionable content. (The MPAA found a way to tag it with a PG-13, mind.)
A family drama, romance and a good movie. This movie revolves around family and love. It is a sweet story.
Steve Carell who plays Dan is a father with three daughters and also a widower. They all go to a family vacation with all their family their. Dan meets Marie played Juliette Binoche who was lovely. The fall in love when they meet, but the problem is she is the girlfriend of Dan's brother.
I liked the first conversation between Marie and Dan, which was beautiful. Juliette Binoche just keeps surprising me. She has done this movie were she is happy, in love with her boyfriends brother, she jealous in a funny way, well she is beautiful. Steve Carell does a great job as Dan.
This movie comes good and keeps you feeling good. There is no longing drama, it is just sweet.
There is a lot of sadness in this movie but at the same time with a more or less comedic atmosphere that gives it a casual tone despite the dramatic nature. The portrait and the family relationship is very real and while Dan can be depressing, Steve Carrell was great in the role. My problems were the ending and most of the characters, specially how some relationships were handled or little developed.
For most of its run, it's either too cutesy, or too flawlessly quirky, to sustain any kind of real feeling. There are occasional moments of true wit, thanks mostly to Steve Carell's balance of stupid and sad comedy, but they're scattered in a story that doesn't seem to want a balance at all.
Hard to say what it is that I like so much about this movie, but I find its heart and warmth really do come through. Steve Carrel is a good guy in a bad spot; and I empathize with him much more in this role than with most of his bigger roles.The rest of the supporting cast is pretty great too
This is a good family friendly feel good movie. Good all around. The mother and father characters are little flat, which is kind of sad because I think that John Mahoney is a great comedian. He could have been better applied. Well, both parents could have been better used overall.
Dan struggles to make his daughters like him, 4 years after their mother dies. Instead of listening to them he decides to lay down the law. It's all downhill from here, folks. If you've ever been a teenage daughter, you'll lose a lot of sympathy for Dan pretty quickly.
The family drive off to visit their extended cousins aunts uncles grandparents etc. Dan meets a woman in a bookstore who…
Interesting locations and decent cinematography do not a great film make.
Dull and formulaic Indie-lite fare (cue the annoying folksy singer-songwriter score) with a completely unbelievable family dynamic at its core.
Two stars for Steve Carrell alone.
Started as a funny original indie kind of film with an interesting love triangle idea of two brothers, ended in a bit of a boring cliche mess.
I am a member of a miniscule minority who does not think Steve Carell is that funny. However, this film starred Juliette Binoche and Diane Wiest, so it couldn't be that bad. And it wasn't. I enjoyed it for awhile; Carell's role didn't require him to be too funny and the rest of the cast clearly enjoyed themselves a lot. Unfortunately, the second half hit every tired, unbelievable romantic comedy trope, and the ending was way too predictable. It was also incredibly stupid and not at all funny when the final big, emotional confrontation constitutes a grown man acting with the maturity of a fourteen-year-old girl.
- Eagle vs. Shark
- 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
There's few things I like more than running ideas into the ground, so as a follow-up to my list of…
- 13 Assassins
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- In the Mood for Love
I'm a hoarder. Deal with it.
Current number: 886
Watched: 56% (500 out of 886)