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 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

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Amy Ryan (Eileen) would turn out to be Steve Carell's (Dan) future girlfriend on the TV series The Office (2005-2013). Furthermore, Emily Blunt (Carell's date in the double date scene) married Office star John Krasinski shortly after this film was made. See more »

Goofs

During the end credits when everyone is dancing in a circle, Marie's strap on her dress is falling down on her arm, then it cuts to a different angle and the strap is magically back up on her shoulder. See more »

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Dan Burns: Well, that was stupid.
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Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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September '99
(1978)
(Phats & Small Remix) (1999)
Written by Maurice White, Al McKay and Allee Willis
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire (as Earth, Wind & Fire)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Not massively original, but it is entertaining
15 January 2008 | by seawalkerSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dan in Real Life 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, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$47,642,963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,474,305
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1.85 : 1
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