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…
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…
Steve Carell is awesome in a serious role but this movie is so watered down and depressing that it hurts.
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.
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.
This is a really dull movie until Juliette Binoche shows up. Steve Carell plays a sadsack single father who's dragged around by his daughters. One day Juliette Binoche swoops in... to drag him around some more. But before it can go anywhere, it turns out she's dating Carell's brother! Now he has to go back to being a sadsack pining for her while playing childish games with his family.
It takes a very long time for anything to happen. There's really only so much comedy stretched over 98 minutes. Once things start happening, everything is predictable and somehow less satisfying then the version you come up with in your head for how it plays out.
The film doesn't really earn…
Comfort food film tbh
If real life is a painstakingly contrived, convenient and constructed narrative with a too-neat ending, then sure.
Bittersweet, gentle, ambling, lackadasical, eminently predictable. Like a too-long holiday with nice, fairly dull, very rich friends. Good cast, even Cook, but the only thing that lifts this above sit-com level is Carell, who is awesome, and does "sympathetic loser" better than anyone. Binoche still hot.
Juliette Binoche and Emily Blunt had a dance battle.....this is the type of content I like to see.
The first example to show us that Steve Carell can actually act.
A family gathering dramedy with its usual big awkward & little sweet moments. What I'm tryin' to say: well worth watching.
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