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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.


Peter Hedges
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4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Dan
Juliette Binoche ... Marie
Dane Cook ... Mitch
Alison Pill ... Jane
Britt Robertson ... Cara (as Brittany Robertson)
Marlene Lawston ... Lilly
Dianne Wiest ... Nana
John Mahoney ... Poppy
Norbert Leo Butz ... Clay
Amy Ryan ... Eileen
Jessica Hecht ... Amy
Frank Wood ... Howard
Henry Priest Miller Henry Priest Miller ... Will (as Henry Miller)
Ella Miller Ella Miller ... Rachel
CJ Adams ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Min brors flickvän See more »

Filming Locations:

Westerly, Rhode Island, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,809,445, 26 October 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,636,541, 10 February 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,938,171, 29 March 2009
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS (as dts)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producers recruited some local children to play Dan's young nieces and nephews. See more »


At the end the family is seen driving back from New England to New York City. Their car travels west over the Queensboro Bridge from Queens into Manhattan. It makes very little sense to enter Queens when coming from New England if traveling into Manhattan. The Triboro Bridge (now called the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) from the Bronx to Queens can also be taken to Manhattan. Entering Queens would make the trip longer and cost an extra toll. See more »


Dan Burns: There's rightness in our wrongness.
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Let My Love Open The Door
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by Steve Carell and Dane Cook
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User Reviews

A decent film.
18 October 2007 | by robinsebSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I don't work for a film company, I am just a regular man who happened to see an early screening at the University of South Carolina last night.

With a cast of Dane Cook and Steve Carell (2 of the funniest people in Hollywood) I truly expected a laugh-out-loud comedy. When it became clear that this wasn't the case, I didn't give up on the movie. I started viewing it as a family movie for all ages. Even then, I wasn't completely overwhelmed by the film. There are several great scenes that leave you laughing (and sometimes crying). At the end of the day though, I'm glad it was a free showing. A few of my friends said they did enjoy it, but when I asked them if they would pay $8.50 to see it, they immediately declined.

Bottom line: It's a pretty decent movie for the family to go see. No vulgarity, a few laughs, and a few tear-jerking moments. Just don't expect Steve Carell from "The Office" and don't expect Dane Cook stand-up quality material.

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