>> Dan in Real Life (2007)

Title: Dan In Real Life

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson

Director: Peter Hedges

Studio: Touchstone

Runtime: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes

In Theatres: October 26, 2007

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Rating: 4.00 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A

Dan Burns (Steve Carell) has spent his entire life giving out relationship advice through his column. One family trip causes a chain of events that Dan never saw coming. He now must look at himself and his own relationships as a brother, father, and son.

Dan in Real Life is an amazing romantic comedy that truly brings out the best in both worlds. Usually with films, it’s difficult to be excellent in two different genres. Well this film succeeds; big time. Right from the start, you are emotionally drawn towards Dan. As the film develops, so does your relationship with Dan. There are moments where you remember being in the exact same situation he was in. Situations like flirting with someone you like or trying not to hurt a loved ones feelings. We’ve all been there with that awkward feeling. Steve Carell did a great job of portraying Dan. He seemed different from his usual self you see in his comedies. He was able to be more serious yet still hold onto that comedic touch.

While it was not a full dose of laughs, Steve Carell and Dane Cook brought them when necessary. The jokes were hilarious and fit perfectly with the situation. Everything seemed to flow gracefully.  There were a few moments in the beginning, however, where you would ask yourself “Why?” Those jokes appeared a little too forced. By the end of the film, though, it was an excellent blend of comedy and romance.

Dan in Real Life is one of those movies that you have to see to believe. The comedy was good. The romance was good. Everything about the movie was good. It was truly not something I was expecting from two comedians. Definitely add this one to your must see list.

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