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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  »

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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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Did You Know?


Some trailers of the film in other countries features the song "Dickhead" by Kate Nash. See more »


When Marie is making pancakes, she picks up the syrup to pour on Dan's pancakes with her left hand and starts to pour, then in the next shot she is pouring with her right hand. See more »


Dan Burns: [after the family sees him and Marie kissing] You guys broke up, right?
Mitch Burns: Two hours ago!
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Written by Norbert Leo Butz and Dane Cook
Performed by Dane Cook and Norbert Leo Butz
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Sweet, Funny, Touching...Just About Perfect
4 October 2007 | by (El Cajon, California) – See all my reviews

I got to see this film at a preview and was dazzled by it. It's not the typical romantic comedy. I can't remember laughing so hard at a film and yet being moved by it. The laughs aren't gags here--they're observations, laughs of recognition, little shocks of "Oh, my God, I thought I was the only one who felt that way!" I won't give away the plot, which is more than just "Guy falls in love with his brother's girlfriend." The whole family plays a part in the relationship here. Probably the best blend of laughter and warmth since "While You Were Sleeping."

Steve Carell goes much deeper than he's gone before, and for the first time I really liked him. The cast is amazing, a list of veteran theater actors whom I've loved in other roles, but they blend to make a convincing family. Dianne Wiest is lovely as the mother, Juliette Binoche is luminous and hilarious (who knew she was funny?), and even the reviled Dane Cook gives a warm, quiet, touching performance. The Sondre Lerche soundtrack is a wonderful addition, and I'll buy the CD the second it's available.

Don't miss this one.

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