[REL] Dan in Real Life (2007)

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[REL] Dan in Real Life (2007)

Postby starfish21 » Sat May 15, 2010 8:48 pm  1 likes

Dan in Real Life (2007)

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Runtime: 98 min
Language: English
Country: USA
IMDb Link: [imdb]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480242/[imdb]

Director: Peter Hedges
Cast:
Steve Carell ... Dan Burns
Juliette Binoche ... Marie
Dane Cook ... Mitch Burns
Alison Pill ... Jane Burns
Brittany Robertson ... Cara Burns
Marlene Lawston ... Lilly Burns
Dianne Wiest ... Nana
John Mahoney ... Poppy
Norbert Leo Butz ... Clay
Amy Ryan ... Eileen
Jessica Hecht ... Amy
Frank Wood ... Howard
Henry Miller ... Will
Ella Miller ... Rachel
Cameron 'C.J.' Adams ... Elliott

Description: "Enjoyable, emotionally engaging and frequently hilarious comedy drama with a superb script and terrific performances from its ensemble cast.

What's it all about?
Written and directed by Peter Hedges (who made indie hit Pieces of April), Dan In Real Life stars Steve Carell as newspaper columnist Dan Burns, who's struggling to raise his three daughters (Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson and Marlene Lawston) after the death of his wife, four years previously. However, while visiting his parents (Dianne Wiest and John Mahoney) for an extended family get-together, Dan falls for a beautiful French woman (Juliette Binoche) he flirts with in a bookshop, only to discover, to his horror, that she's dating his younger brother (Dane Cook).

The Good
The performances are excellent, particularly Steve Carell, who isn't afraid to occasionally show Dan in a less than sympathetic light. He also has genuine chemistry with Juliette Binoche, who's equally good, delivering an utterly charming performance that somehow allows you to forgive the fact that she's flirting outrageously with her boyfriend's older brother.

In addition, there's terrific support from Alison Pill (as level-headed older sister Jane) and from Dianne Wiest and a decidedly frail-looking John Mahoney as Dan's overbearing parents, while even the normally punchable Dane Cook (from Good Luck Chuck) turns in a likeable performance. There's also a scene-stealingly sexy cameo from Emily Blunt, even if it is a little hard to believe that her character would be after Dan (who's old enough to be her dad) rather than his younger brother.

The Great
Hedges' superb script crackles with laugh-out-loud dialogue and even manages to breathe new life into the old hide-in-the-shower routine. Similarly, as a director, Hedges brings a real air of believability to the various family interactions and the emotional scenes are genuinely affecting as a result.

Worth seeing?
In short, Dan In Real Life is a hugely enjoyable comedy / drama that delivers a good balance of laugh-out-loud comedy and strong emotional moments. Highly recommended." (Matthew Turner on viewlondon.co.uk)

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Re: [rel] Dan in Real Life (2007)

Postby kev » Sun May 16, 2010 5:12 am  0 likes

Saw this one in the theaters. Enjoyed it.

The girls could have used more onscreen time, but it still works. Especially if you like Steve Carell's style of humor.

Thanks for posting this, starfish2!!

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