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.
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…
It's not really "real life" though, is it? (That must be the 100th time I've used "though" on here.....damnit!).
For the most part Carell goes about his business being a self-absorbed little shit, and not exactly vying for "daddy of the year", and I find it hard to emphatize, without sounding like a cold hearted bastard, who hates love and what it does to you.
Dane Cook is actually good, another reason this is nowhere even close to "real life". Cute kids, and a decent ensemble, although Amy Ryan should have had much more screen time.
An underrated film. If director Hedges had gone just a bit more nontraditional, it would be a classic. He's not afraid to let his actors act, especially Carrell, nor is he afraid to let the film slide into sentimentality. It's a supremely enjoyable film, and one oriented for adults, rather than a twentysomething crowd.
A charming comedy with a great family dynamic. The story isn't anything new, but the way it's done kept me involved and entertained. It hit a note with the sentimental side of me. This is one of Steve Carrell's best film performances. He balances comedy and drama wonderfully. The only thing that holds me back from totally loving the film is the awful Dane Cook. This was in the middle of Hollywood's short lived terrible endeavor of thinking Dane Cook could be an actor. He's atrocious in this and in every other role he's been in. If you can look past the horrible comedian putting on a horrible performance, you'll enjoy this lighthearted, emotional, funny film.
One of my all-time favorites.. I feel like a hopeful human being again after I watch this movie.
While Dan in Real Life has a very formulaic plot, Steve Carell's truly great comedic performance raises the overall work to something memorable.
I think this is under-appreciated to some extent because I think Carell is superb and the story is really well told. Pretty basic stuff, but I think it was a little overlooked by the critics.
Mostly enjoyable rom-com with a good cast which is somewhat spoiled by an unbearably cheesy last act, where every, and I mean every, last little detail is tied up in an implausiby neat fashion
I hated every character in this movie. I suffered through the whole thing. The interactions between the family just made me mad, and as a protagonist Dan just acted like an asshole and Marie or whatever when she gets pissed at Dan for liking another woman when she's already with his brother? And giving him burnt pancakes? Why was every character so unlikable ugh, never again.
Passable enough, some very funny moments, other sections pass by without really registering much. As ever, Steve Carell elevates something hugely past its natural level just by being Steve Carell.
Pretty generic and cliched. An alright movie.