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August 26, 2014

Movie Review: Dan in Real Life

Starring: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche
Directed by: Peter Hedges

BLURB: Steve Carell (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, TV's THE OFFICE), Hollywood's leading funnyman, stars in the hilarious comedy that's bursting with charm -- a movie you'll watch again and again. 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. Carell is joined by a brilliant all-star supporting cast, including Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney and Dianne Wiest, for a heartfelt, fun-filled comedy that's "laugh-out-loud funny" -- Steve Oldfield, FOX.
REVIEW: Dan in real life is a little gem of a movie. It's a great romantic comedy and Steve Carell in my opinion has never been better than he is here. He plays Dan Burns a widower with three girls that he is desperately trying to raise right all by himself. He works as an advice columnist with a newspaper. He and the girls take a trip to the annual family gathering at his parent's house in Rhode Island. Everyone will be there as always including all his brothers and sisters with their wives and kids. After arriving in RI and after a fight with his teenage daughter who insists that she is in love with a boy after only three days he heads off by himself into town to blow off some steam and give his daughter a little time to herself as well. While there at the local bookstore he meets a woman named Marie (Juliette Binoche) who thinking he works at the bookstore asks him for recommendations for books. He confesses after a short time that he doesn't work at the bookstore but asks if she would like to get something to eat. They head off for breakfast together and end up talking for a long time. And the attraction between the two is both instant and evident to them both. They both say they have to go (reluctantly) and Marie tells Dan that she has a boyfriend.

Dan heads back to his parents house. He starts to tell his brothers upon returning that he met a woman that he was very interested in but it stopped short by his brother Mitch who announces that he has someone that he wants them all to meet his new girlfriend! The world seems to stop for Dan when in walks none other than...Marie! He is stunned that she is Mitch's new girlfriend and is there to spend the weekend with him. Marie is stunned as well and the two of them spend the rest of the time pretending to not know each other and denying the feelings that they obviously have for each other. 

What follows is a series of funny mistakes, mishaps, and yes even quite a few touching times as well as two people who are so obviously meant for each other try to deny the feeling because they don't want to hurt someone that they both care about...Dan's brother Mitch. 

Will Dan and Marie end up together? Or will she stay with Mitch? And can any of them be happy if the truth comes out?

Steve and Juliette are wonderful in this movie and I absolutely loved them together. This was a great movie that will have you laughing out loud, giggling, almost crying, and cheering by the end!

I recommend this one to anyone that enjoys a good romantic comedy!

 Rated PG-13 for some innuendo and language


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