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Dan in Real Life (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 October 2007 (USA)
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A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.

Director:

Peter Hedges
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4 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Taglines:

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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SDDS | DTS (as dts)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Improvisation was encouraged during filming. One such case was the line: "This corn is like an angel." Allison Pill's (Jane) stoic expression turns into a failed attempt to hold back a grin. The outtakes show that the entire cast soon burst out laughing. See more »

Goofs

When Dan drives his car, a diesel engine is heard, but when he starts it back up, it is a gas engine crank. See more »

Quotes

Marie: I'm looking for a book... something that can help me deal with what might be an awkward situation. Something funny might be nice, but not necessarily big, 'ha, ha, ha,' 'laugh, laugh, laugh' funny, and certainly not make-fun-of-other-people funny but rather something human-funny. And, uh, if it could uh, sneak up on you, surprise you, and at the same time make you think that what you thought wasn't only right, in a wrong kind of way, but when you're wrong, there's a certain rightness in your ...
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My Hands Are Shaking
(2007)
Written, Produced and Performed by Sondre Lerche
Courtesy of EMI/Astralwerks Records
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A well-made, sweet movie!
24 October 2007 | by Doctor_WordsmithSee all my reviews

I saw a special advance screening of this today. I have to let you know, I'm not a huge fan of either Dane Cook or Steve Carell, so I really had no expectations going into this. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

Dan in Real Life is the story of a widower with 3 daughters who goes to spend a weekend with his family. While at a bookstore, he meets the woman of his dreams, only to find out that she happens to be his brother's girlfriend.

This movie is pretty well made- the soundtrack, cinematography, and acting are all top-notch, especially Steve Carell. My problem with it was mostly that there seemed to be a lack of character development, mostly with Dane Cook's character. We never really get a close look at the relationship between Dane and Steve's characters, and I felt that it could have helped a bit in showing what Dan's inner conflict about being in love with Dane's girlfriend was like. Other than this though, Dan in Real Life is definitely a solid, sweet film- definitely a nice break from all the horror and action movies we've been getting this year.


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