Dan in Real Life–Movie Review

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3.5 Stars
This movie is a gentle, lightweight romantic comedy. It doesn’t have much in the way of dramatic tension, but it is still fun to watch.

Dan Burns (Steve Carell) is a widower with three lovely daughters. He is a responsible man and a good father, perhaps just a little overprotective. He meets a beautiful woman (Juliette Binoche) in a bookstore and falls for her hard.

When he learns that she is actually his brother’s girlfriend he becomes a little bit unglued and starts acting like a jerk. Sort of. Actually he doesn’t do anything really horrible, but he has the misfortune to be a member of The World’s Most Obnoxiously Perfect Extended Family, which makes even small deviations look pretty awful by comparison.

As I said, there’s not much dramatic tension here. It’s pretty obvious from the start how things will work out. Nevertheless it manages to be very funny and heartwarming and entertaining.

Rated PG-13 for no particular reason. I can’t imagine that any child would be harmed by it.