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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…
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.
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…
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 weird family with a weird dynamic in a weirdly toned movie. Still, I didn't mind it.
Dan in Real Life has a very decent cast and even with its sometimes overly sappy themes, it still worked in the long run.
Steve Carell's good in a bad movie. This works best before the plot actually starts -- after that, it's predictable and sappy-sentimental, relying on tired plot/tension/and humor devices. It tries so hard to be quirky and fun, but never in original ways or with any real depth.
This is a fun, meaningful, family movie. It sticks with you, and you can tell it was made with love.
Fun. Will watch again
Waffle pillows aren't as comfortable as they look.
A loud and heartwarming reunion of a big and alive family with love and loss, huge feelings and a lot of fun. A truly nice feel good movie in a beatiful setting.
Maybe in another moment of my life I would be able to rate it 3, but this movie is so fucked up. Even though it has great actors and a little bit of comedy to it, it is just too much for me.
"No, get lost, Danny. It's not a request."
When I first saw this film in theaters, I remember being having an apathetic, borderline negative view of it. The middle child of Dan's daughters annoyed me to no end and I thought the plot was numbingly boring. Back then, I probably would have thrown a quick 4/10 at this for a rating and quickly moved on. Rewatching it today, I feel like I can appreciate this film a little bit more. It's not that I connect with it anymore than I did that day in 2007, but something about it just makes more sense now.
The plot is still fairly simple, albeit contrived. The angsty irony is just a bit more…
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