Dan in Real Life (PG)

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Time Out says

Mon Jan 7 2008

A Thanksgiving family gathering becomes a romantic battleground for widower Steve Carell in this pleasant, if dismayingly contrived frolic, heavily reliant on its leading man’s ability to convey repressed sexuality with an amiable charm. Carell’s Dan Burns dispenses parenting advice in his newspaper column, but proves as hapless as any father bringing up three girls on his own, and has retired to the sidelines of the dating game for so long that the rest of his extended clan view him with pity. Then, of course, it happens. He falls for irresistibly lovely and intelligent Juliette Binoche during a bookstore encounter, only to return to his folks’ house and discover she’s already an item with his fitness-instructor brother (Dane Cook).

Since assorted siblings, partners and sprogs occupy every inch of floor space, while communal meals and planned jollity fill most waking hours, the would-be couple’s illicit manoeuvrings are played for effectively awkward comedy. With Diane Wiest presiding as mater familias, the ghost of Woody Allen haunts these upscale surroundings, but the script’s propensity for neatly resolving emotional issues via farcical set-pieces pitches rather closer towards synthetic Steve Martin territory. Indeed, loading the dice in favour of Carell (we don’t buy hang-loose Binoche and laddish funnyman Cook for a micro-second), and stringing everything along to Sondre Lerche’s gratingly twee acoustic ditties, the movie too often opts for sugar-coating over high-fibre. A shame really, since its underlying point about parents not reneging on their own happiness for the sake of their offspring is touchingly true. Smoothly entertaining fare, but with a bit more nerve it could have been so much more.

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Rated:

PG

UK release:

Fri Jan 11, 2008

Duration:

99 mins

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Bill

Great! I want to put it in the top 10 of all time. Predictability? Perhaps. But you want to know exactly what happens next - and then it comes up with surprises. Scenes often have many background characters acting marvelously. You can watch it over and over just for that.

Bill

Great! I want to put it in the top 10 of all time. Predictability? Perhaps. But you want to know exactly what happens next - and then it comes up with surprises. Scenes often have many background characters acting marvelously. You can watch it over and over just for that.

James

The film is pretty average, but the soundtrack is fantastic. "Gratingly twee" my arse!

James

The film is pretty average, but the soundtrack is fantastic. "Gratingly twee" my arse!

Olivia Bohannon

I Havnt Seen It Yet But It Sounds Like Its Reeli Good! Steve Is An Immense Actor... He Always Does Stunningly Well =] Hopfully The Movie Will Be Better Than I Think It Is =] =] =]

Olivia Bohannon

I Havnt Seen It Yet But It Sounds Like Its Reeli Good! Steve Is An Immense Actor... He Always Does Stunningly Well =] Hopfully The Movie Will Be Better Than I Think It Is =] =] =]

April.x

Steve carol .. he made this film good.. he is such a laff. although i think the film would not have been as good without him.

April.x

Steve carol .. he made this film good.. he is such a laff. although i think the film would not have been as good without him.

Loz

This is probably the worst film i have ever seen. It is really predictable and boring... the only good thing about it is that Steve Carrell was in it. Definantly not what i expected.

Loz

This is probably the worst film i have ever seen. It is really predictable and boring... the only good thing about it is that Steve Carrell was in it. Definantly not what i expected.

Jojo

Really enjoyable feel good film. Not laugh out loud funny but really great and well acted. Characters so completely real and believable was really believing it all. Thank god Steve Carrell is doing something decent finally.

Jojo

Really enjoyable feel good film. Not laugh out loud funny but really great and well acted. Characters so completely real and believable was really believing it all. Thank god Steve Carrell is doing something decent finally.

Tina

My friend and I both enjoyed this film, it wasn't the rom com i was expecting however, it was more of a drama with some comedy elements. Enjoyable.

Tina

My friend and I both enjoyed this film, it wasn't the rom com i was expecting however, it was more of a drama with some comedy elements. Enjoyable.

edward popplewell

awful, predictable. steve carrell WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOURSELF MAN!!!!!!?? hated it 4 of us went to see it and none of us even liked any part of it!

edward popplewell

awful, predictable. steve carrell WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOURSELF MAN!!!!!!?? hated it 4 of us went to see it and none of us even liked any part of it!