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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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Peter Hedges
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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

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Something's happening to Dan. It's confusing. It's awkward. It's family.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Min brors flickvän See more »

Filming Locations:

Westerly, Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dianne Wiest, who plays Dan's mother, is only 14 years older than Steve Carell. See more »

Goofs

At the dinner table, when the topic of forgiving pasts comes up, the boom mic falls into the shot. John Mahoney even breaks character to look up at it. See more »

Quotes

Marie: [Entering laundry room where is Dan seated on a cot] What was that?
Dan Burns: [rises from the cot] I couldn't... I couldn't stop myself.
Marie: What am I supposed to do now?
Dan Burns: You can't do anything. He's my brother.
Marie: [stifling back tears] Why did you sing for me?... Then?
Dan Burns: Because I... I'm
[now shaking his head]
Marie: [reciting passages from Dan's book] Page 92. "Did I just die? Because an angel walked into the room". Page 148... uh..."I'll forgive you your past if you'll forgive me mine.". It seems all his best lines were ...
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Featured in Handmade Music: Creating the Score (2008) See more »

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Ruthie Pigface Draper
(2007)
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 writtenbypatrickSee 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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