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Dan in Real Life (2007)

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A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.

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

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26 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Como la vida misma  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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£603,860 (UK) (11 January 2008)

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$47,636,541 (USA) (8 February 2008)
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The duet that Frank Wood and his wife perform in the family talent show is "La ci darem la mano" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni". The duet is a seduction scene in which Don Giovanni convinces Zerlina to leave her fiancé. See more »

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Dan's car, a Mercedes 300 turbo diesel, is shown filling up at an unleaded gas pump. See more »

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Dan Burns: Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to plan to be surprised.
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Modern Nature
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Not massively original, but it is entertaining
15 January 2008 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Steve Carell plays Dan Burns, newspaper agony uncle and dedicated single father to three girls. At a large family homecoming Dan meets his perfect woman, only to find out that she is in a relationship with his brother.

What's a man to do?

I rather liked "Dan In Real Life", but I would imagine the success or otherwise of this flick is going to be down to whether you are willing to accept Steve Carell playing a part relatively straight and restrained, rather than going through the broad comedy moves that have made him so successful. If you cannot accept it, fear not, "Get Smart" will be along later in the year, but for the record I thought he was very good.

"Dan In Real Life" starts off like your typical, incidentally amusing, family drama, but it gets funnier and funnier as it goes along and Carell's frustration with his situation grows. It's not massively original (but if you only saw movies with original ideas, cinematic pickings would be very scarce indeed, wouldn't they?), but "Dan In Real Life" is entertaining, and a good cast (who wouldn't fall in love at first sight with the luminous Juliette Binoche?) make the most of an insightful enough script that contains many a ponder on the meaning and passion of love.

I hope that Steve Carell pushes himself and does something as interesting again.


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