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A widowed father heads to Rhode Island with his three daughters for the annual fall weekend thrown by the large and boisterous Burns family. Soon after his arrival, he meets Marie in a bookshop. He experiences sparks but soon discovers that Marie is his brother's new girlfriend. He tries not to fall in love with Marie but he can't help himself.
Comedy - This is a light comedy-drama aimed at adults though it's fairly clean
in content for whole families (though kids would likely not be
interested). This is a big treat for Steve Carell fans though Dane
Cook fans may be disappointed by his small role.
PROFANITY: 3 miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A punch; some comic hits and falls. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic dialogue and situations; some physical gags.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average It's tough to actively dislike something this bland and inconsequential. It's just another throw-away movie that only merits a review because it features someone as prominent as Carrell. It's doubtful that even the most stalwart defenders of formulaic romantic comedies will be able to mount much of a campaign in favor of this one.
Roger EbertFull Review Good If the film has a flaw, and I'm afraid it does, it's the Sondre Lerche songs on the soundtrack. They are too foregrounded and literal, either commenting on the action or expounding on associated topics. In such a laid-back movie, they're in our face.
USA TodayFull Review Average Though occasionally winning, Carell seems as if he's shrugging and smiling his way through. Undoubtedly, the clever comic actor has deep reserves of dramatic talent as he showed in Little Miss Sunshine. While an improvement over Evan Almighty, Dan is not a movie that taps his previously unseen abilities.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 129 moviegoers:GREAT REVIEWS FROM VIRTUALLY EVERYONE! All ages, both males and females, gave very high reviews for "Dan in Real Life." Only a very low percentage rated it slightly low. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Carell is about to discover a family weekend of chaos, confusion, awkwardness—and
ultimately, his entire family's extraordinary capacity for love in the face of left-field surprises.
It all begins with widowed father and family-advice columnist Dan Burns (Carell), who is
still reeling from the heartache of loss and takes refuge by trying to maintain order with his
three rebellious young girls, while dodging anything unexpected or outside the box. But when
Dan heads to Rhode Island, his miffed daughters in tow, for the annual fall weekend thrown
by the large and boisterous Burns family, everything changes. Soon after his arrival, he runs
into an alluring woman named Marie (Binoche) in a bookshop. For the first time in a very,
very long time, Dan experiences real, live sparks—only to have to douse them liberally when
he discovers Marie is, in fact, the brand-new girlfriend his brother Mitch (Cook) is about to
proudly introduce to the family.
As the weekend gets underway in the close quarters of a crowded house filled with quirky,
prying relatives, Dan and Marie try to squelch and cover up their growing mutual attraction at
every turn, leading to one comical situation after another. Yet, no matter how hard they try to
do the very opposite, Dan and Marie can't help but fall in love. Now Dan is about to realize
that no matter how wise safety might seem, when it comes to real life, he's going to have to
break all the rules.