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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Improvisation was encouraged during filming. One such case was the line: "This corn is like an angel." You can see Allison Pill's (Jane) stoic expression turn into a failed attempt to hold back a grin. The outtakes show that the entire cast soon burst out laughing. See more »


Earpiece visible in Mitch's ear while singing the "Piggy-nose" song which then disappears. See more »


Marie: I'm looking for a book... something that can help me deal with what might be an awkward situation. Something funny might be nice, but not necessarily big, 'ha, ha, ha,' 'laugh, laugh, laugh' funny, and certainly not make-fun-of-other-people funny but rather something human-funny. And, uh, if it could uh, sneak up on you, surprise you, and at the same time make you think that what you thought wasn't only right, in a wrong kind of way, but when you're wrong, there's a certain rightness in your ...
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A well-made, sweet movie!
24 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw a special advance screening of this today. I have to let you know, I'm not a huge fan of either Dane Cook or Steve Carell, so I really had no expectations going into this. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

Dan in Real Life is the story of a widower with 3 daughters who goes to spend a weekend with his family. While at a bookstore, he meets the woman of his dreams, only to find out that she happens to be his brother's girlfriend.

This movie is pretty well made- the soundtrack, cinematography, and acting are all top-notch, especially Steve Carell. My problem with it was mostly that there seemed to be a lack of character development, mostly with Dane Cook's character. We never really get a close look at the relationship between Dane and Steve's characters, and I felt that it could have helped a bit in showing what Dan's inner conflict about being in love with Dane's girlfriend was like. Other than this though, Dan in Real Life is definitely a solid, sweet film- definitely a nice break from all the horror and action movies we've been getting this year.

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