Dan in Real Life

October 26th, 2007


Dan in Real Life

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A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.9/10 (48,013 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Peter Hedges

Stars: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook

Dan Burns is a single father who 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 Burns.

Writers: Pierce Gardner, Peter Hedges

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 Miller - Will
Ella Miller - Rachel
Cameron 'CJ' Adams - Elliot

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


Official Website: Europa Corp. [France] | Official site |

Release Date: 26 October 2007

Filming Locations: Jamestown, Rhode Island, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,809,445 (USA) (28 October 2007) (1 Screen)

Gross: $67,938,171 (Worldwide) (29 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In one scene, Marie can be seen wearing a sweatshirt which says "Oak Park" on the front. John Mahoney has lived in Oak Park, IL for many years.

Continuity: When Marie is making pancakes, she picks up the syrup to pour on Dan's pancakes with her left hand and starts to pour, then in the next shot she is pouring with her right hand.

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...

User Review

A Delightful Treat for Adults

Rating: 9/10

The most satisfying element about "Dan in Real Life" is that the relationship between Dan (Steve Carell) and Marie (Juliette Binoche) makes sense and is beautifully realistic. The casting of Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche as Dan's love interest was a superb decision; she is exceptionally talented, intelligent, naturally attractive and, thank goodness, appropriately aged for the part! Had this movie been made with Jessica Alba or Scarlett Johansson, it would have been a disaster.

Another wonderful aspect about "Dan in Real Life" is that it is a perfect film for adults who are interested in a mature comedy that leaves out the three pillars of the "frat pack" formula: dumb chicks, chauvinistic guys, and sleazy jokes. "Dan in Real Life" is witty and has fun, intelligent laughs throughout. Whereas other comedies incorporate or are almost entirely based on jokes that shock the audience into laughing, the jokes from "Dan in Real Life" are more natural and clever, and involve some thinking on the part of the audience.

My only problem with "Dan in Real Life" is that the rebellious, middle daughter is played too outrageously by actress Brittany Robertson. It's difficult to say if this was a personal choice on her part or a choice by the director. Either way, her character is unrealistic and annoying. But, this is only a minor flaw in the film, and does not take away from the story as a whole.

All in all, "Dan in Real Life" is a great film, a fantastic escape from the redundancy of offensive and dumbed-down comedies. The quality of the writing, directing, acting, and (especially) cinematography is excellent. It is simply a beautiful, light-hearted comedy.


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