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…
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.…
After sitting through yet another disappointing finale to a series of Doctor Who, I needed some cheering up last night. I watched The Sapphires which was OK I guess but left me wanting something else before bed. I turned to Dan In Real Life, a film that - despite my liking of Steve Carell - I've put off watching since recording it off the TV last year because of poor reviews and that poster. To me, it was an image that suggested I was about to watch a comedy about a hapless man likely to falling into the black hole of depression. With that in mind, it was a risky proposition to expect this to cheer me up after a…
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.
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.
Dull. It was irritating to watch. Dan and especially Marie's intense jealousy is unjustified based off their encounter at the bookstore.
A feel-good, not overly comedic indie rom com that feels special but slowly acquires cliches as the film progresses. Even so, Dan in Real Life is very enjoyable and very watchable.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Steve Carrell once again plays a favoured role of his, in Dan In Real Life, as a man struggling his way through life, barely coping to keep it together. As Dan, he plays a column writer, a widower, and father to three girls that as they grow he has difficulty understanding.
The story takes place on an annual family get together and whilst visiting a nearby bookshop, he has a chance encounter with Marie (Juliette Binoche) and unwillingly falls in love with her. When he returns to the family, shell shocked from the impact of meeting his soul mate, his brother Mitch (Dane Cook) introduces Dan to his current girlfriend,who is in fact Marie he’d just met in the bookshop.…
with jesse, chris, max and mary. sean joined later, the sweet pea.
Nice, heartwarming family movie.
In a more serious role, Steve Carell is sweet and troubled in this film. Enjoyable and easy to watch.
It's message of not being analytical in love is a flawed one cinematically speaking as it takes away much of the character development that a film like this should have, but Dan in Real Life is still a sweet film with a rare display of vulnerability from Steve Carell that I always remembered as his best performance. I liked it much more on first viewing but I still think there are things here to enjoy and though a part of me is disappointed that it wasn't what I remembered it to be, I can't fault the film for that. It's a nice little indie film with a sweet and sometimes truth-ringing message.
I remember actually liking this film a lot more than I thought I would.
A convincing depiction of the frustrations and joys of family, especially the element of self-sacrifice necessary to fulfil one's responsibilities within the family unit. It's cute, sometimes funny and moving. Steve Carell's hang-dog expression and his penchant for the comedy of embarrassment is well deployed, and he has good chemistry with Juliette Binoche. However, it's also cloying at times, the director not keeping the sentiment on a short leash; and for a film about the mess of 'real' life, it's narrative resolutions are a bit too neat.
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