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Dan in Real Life (2007)
Nice Change for a romantic Comedy
Okay, If you have ever seen "The Family Stone" then its simple enough to say that this is the "more wholesome, less political, less preachy" version. And just simply a much better film.
The story line goes:
Dan (steve Carell) is a widower with three daughters who writes an advice column (Dan in Real Life). Him and his girls go to a big family get together. Early on in the story we see that his life is tough, he writes great child raising tips, yet has trouble connecting with his daughters.
The first morning on the vacation he goes and gets the paper and has a "meetcute" with Marie (Juliette Binoche). Upon returning home to his giant family he is really excited and shares the news of his random encounter. Unfortunately for Dan, Marie is his brother's (Dane Cook) girlfriend who he invited to the family get together. The story continues to show Dan's struggle with this awkward situation and is really quite ingenious. (Stopping the story line to avoid spoilers).
The movie is definitely not a "Employee of the Month" or "40 year old Virgin" comedy. It is more of a situational comedy that uses a great story to reveal the comedy in "everyday life" to "oh i've been there" situations.
If you enjoy a good romantic comedy such as: "Return to Me", "The Holiday", or even something lighter such as "Hitch" I think you'll enjoy this movie.
For my mom or others who really loved the movie "Steel Magnolias" i think you'll enjoy it too, just not as much! It definitely has its emotional, tears swelling up, moments!
Overall, this is my favorite movie my wife has ever dragged me too!