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With: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson, Marlene Lawston, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney, Norbert Leo Butz, Amy Ryan, Jessica Hecht, Emily Blunt
Written by: Peter Hedges, Pierce Gardner
Directed by: Peter Hedges
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some innuendo
Running Time: 99
Date: 10/26/2007

Dan in Real Life (2007)

1 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Lie, Cheat & 'Real'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Dan in Real Life is an odd title for a movie that hasn't the slightest concept of real life. Clueless newspaper columnist and widower Dan (Steve Carell) heads with his three daughters for a big family weekend in a small fishing town. At a bookshop, he meets and falls for Marie (Juliette Binoche), only to discover that she's dating his brother (the one-note Dane Cook). Dan begins behaving badly, although his self-centered hijinks are more exasperating than funny. Regardless, no one in the big, bland family has any personality anyway; they're always in good moods and they never fight. Director Peter Hedges steals from a dozen family gathering movies, but perhaps he should have stolen from his own, infinitely better Pieces of April (2003). (See also Dan in Real Life on Blu-ray.) Dan in Real Life{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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