I've always liked Emily Blunt, but it wasn't until I saw Edge of Tomorrow that I fell completely, madly in…
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.
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…
Tragisch, maar toch komisch
Enjoyed it but I understand how some may not with the subject matter. A good mix of angst and humor. It's re-watchable
I can generally associate the name Steve Carell with a good movie and I enjoyed Dan in Real Life but it just wasn't as good it could have been. The performances by pretty much everyone in the cast are solid with Carell obviously delivering another strong performance in the lead. He plays Dan, a widower who quickly falls for a woman who he later finds out is his brothers girlfriend.
The brunt of the story takes place during a weekend family get together so there are a lot of characters that really don't feel necessary and the family dynamic is really not as good as it could be as Carell and Juliette Binoche get most of the attention. Carell's character…
damn this was disappointing. not at all what I was expecting. the beginning was quite sweet but after about 20 minutes it all started to feel very "this has definitely been done before" and from there it just got progressively worse. what a shame.
My Review: 6/10
Dan in Real Life was a cute and funny movie – a typical Steve Carell angsty movie. I didn’t really care for the premise of the relationship based on cheating and never really bought into the main characters’ relationship.
A harmless romantic comedy that begins to fall apart the second you start actually thinking about what you've just seen.
Steve Carell plays the single dad (the mom died of some unnamed illness) of three girls who intensely dislike him, who takes his daughters to a family reunion at his parents' idyllic cabin in Rhode Island. There he finds out that his brother's new girlfriend (the radiant Juliette Binoche) is the same mystery woman he previously met and instantly fell in love with at a bookstore when he ran out on an errand. The rest of the film involves him acting like a baby because he can't have her, his entire family being disgusted with his behavior, and him realizing…
I liked this film a lot more than I would have if Juliette Binoche hadn't been in it. She's so beautiful in this film and has a wonderful screen presence. I love whenever she broke out in giggles. Gushing about Juliette Binoche aside, the film itself is not bad. Dan (Steve Carell) falls in love with Marie (Binoche) who just happens to be in a relationship with Dan's brother. It's pretty predictable and Dan is kind of annoying, but it still features some nice moments and the supporting cast is quite solid.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Professionally Dan is a relationship columnist for a newspaper, in private he is the guy who isn't taken seriously by his parents, his siblings and his teenage daughters. His parents give him a camp bed in the laundry when he visits. His family doesn't listen to him, they order him about, they blame and punish him like a child. So when he falls in love with a woman who turns out to be his brother's girlfriend and they are caught together it isn't her who gets the blame. He doesn't do himself any favours with his repeated overreactions, lack of assertion and spontaneous grand gestures. Steve Carell is type cast for the role of Dan.
Juliette Binoche plays Marie -…
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…