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Dan in Real Life (26-Oct-2007)

Director: Peter Hedges

Writers: Pierce Gardner; Peter Hedges

Keywords: Comedy, Drama

A widowed father looking to move on with his life inadvertently falls in love with his misogynistic brother's girlfriend.

Dan Burns, New Jersey-based advice columnist and widowed father four years on from his wife's death, heads to Rhode Island with his three daughters in tow for the Burns clan's annual reunion. At a bookstore, Dan meets and instantly falls for a woman named Marie, embarking on a soul-baring session punctuated by her unfortunate revelation that she is in a relationship; an awkward episode ensues when Dan learns that her boyfriend is his skirt-chasing brother Mitch, setting the stage for a family reunion to remember for all the wrong reasons.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Juliette Binoche
9-Mar-1964   Chocolat and The English Patient
Emily Blunt
23-Feb-1983   The Devil Wears Prada
Steve Carell
16-Aug-1962   Office manager at Dunder-Mifflin
Dane Cook
18-Mar-1972   Harmful If Swallowed
Jessica Hecht
28-Jun-1965   Betsy Morgan on What About Joan
John Mahoney
20-Jun-1940   Martin Crane on Frasier
Matthew Morrison
30-Oct-1978   Will Schuester on Glee
Alison Pill
27-Nov-1985   Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Britt Robertson
18-Apr-1990   Cassie Blake on The Secret Circle
Amy Ryan
30-Nov-1969   Gone Baby Gone
Dianne Wiest
28-Mar-1948   Footloose


Review by Steve (posted on 30-Oct-2007)

A suprisingly good romantic comedy. For the first 30 minutes, I kept thinking that this should have been Greg Kinnear in the lead. Carell pulled it off beautifully, and showed much broader range than previous films. As a widowed father of three young daughters, he had depth, wit, and pathos. Juliette Binoche provided an atractive, and intellegent partner. I hope that she continues to act in more American films. Though predictable, the script used the strong cast to advantage, and allowed for several nice little side moments. John Mahoney, and Diane Weist as the parents were spot on. All three daughters rounded out the cast.

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