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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.
One of my all-time faves
This movie oddly made me feel better and worse at the same time. The main character was so depressed and miserable and so I pitied him and could relate to him, but then there was a comedic, humorous twist to it. So the sadness and the misery made me wanna cry but how it was all portrayed made me wanna smile.
I'm a fan of Carrel's work
Now, I know I say this a lot, but: this movie is perfect. I have seen it fifty times. Six stars. Why does nobody talk about it?????
No shot of Steve Carell with his head on some pancakes in the actual film, shocked and upset, loses half a star
Woah, it's what's-her-name from Newsroom but young. And it's the brother from Bloodline. And there's Steve Carell's girlfriend from The Office but isn't playing his girlfriend in this.
I liked this. It's sweet. And it's funny because Steve Carell is funny.
Teetering on the brink of sappy, but never quite slipping over the edge, Dan in Real Life is a fine film about the difficulty of balancing loyalty, duty and emotion. It is realistic about the power of the last to overcome the former two while also using the tension to create moments of real comedy.
This might have been Steve Carell's coming of age as an American everyman actor. He nails the slightly pious over-confidence of his character (a single parent dispensing advice to other parents in his newspaper column). He's infuriating to his children, who nonetheless know how much he loves them.
Meanwhile, Juliette Binoche is her usual dazzling self, a literary, independent force who sweeps people up regardless of gender or age. There's also an enjoyable cameo from Emily Blunt.
Though not incredibly heartwarming, Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche are a cute pair in this drama/comedy/slice of life. Lots of sweet moments about a man who is just getting by two years after losing his wife and unexpectedly finds love while at a family get together. Tensions and disappointments happen which give way to what seems to be an inevitable fairytale ending. Enjoyable, sweet, good casting, OK story. Good enough to say that I liked it.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…