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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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Cara (as Brittany Robertson)
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Amy
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Will (as Henry Miller)
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Elliot (as Cameron 'CJ' Adams)
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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

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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26 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como la vida misma  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

Dan stops for gas in New Jersey while he and the girls are driving up to the family's house. He is shown pumping gas. While it is against the law in New Jersey to pump your own gas, it is sometimes done and usually overlooked as an infraction by station staff. See more »

Quotes

Marty Barasco: Love is not a feeling, Mr. Burns. It's an ability.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Brian's Got a Brand New Bag (2009) See more »

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Nasty Girl
(1982)
Written by Prince
Performed by Inaya Day
Courtesy of Star 69 Records/Peppermint Jam Records
By Arrangement with Steel Synch
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"Life...love 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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