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Dan in Real Life (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  26 October 2007 (USA)
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A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cara (as Brittany Robertson)
Will (as Henry Miller)
Ella Miller ...
Elliot (as Cameron 'CJ' Adams)


Single father Dan Burns dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Something's happening to Dan. It's confusing. It's awkward. It's family.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como la vida misma  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,809,445 (USA) (26 October 2007)


$47,636,541 (USA) (8 February 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Dianne Wiest, who plays Dan's mother, is only 14 years older than Steve Carell. See more »


In the scene where Dan is talking to Cindy and Jim, the father and daughter that are going to syndicate his column, you can see Mitch's chair next to Dan move close so that Mitch's leg is touching Dan's and further away, then close, then far again to Dan's chair. See more »


Dan Burns: What don't I understand, Cara? Please, help me out. What is it? Is it frustrating that you can't be with this person? That there's something keeping you apart? That there's something about this person that you can connect with? And whenever you're near this person, you don't know what to say, and you say everything that's in your mind and in your heart, and you know that if you could just be together, that this person would help you become the best possible version of yourself?
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" and the pursuit of happiness"
28 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was drawn to DAN IN REAL LIFE from the excellent reviews and the thirst for a Dramedy that was well written-thank you Peter Hedges-and because when Steve Carell stars in the film, you know an audience is going to find like in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, a performance that is very entertaining and rewarding. DAN IN REAL LIFE delivered that promise.

The film is so real to many families world wide that have lost a member and yet have gone on with their lives in search of something that will give them the magic back before their loss. With Steve Carell and the wondrous Juliette Binoche, their relationship was so beautifully done and written that their scenes were so real to their characters and to their journeys. The cast, sets and story made DAN IN REAL LIFE one to remember as we head into the holidays ahead.

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