Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike
In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
I always skip this movie title while making weekly to be watched movie list. Until today, I tried to give it a shot. Actually, I was searching for Emily blunt's movie, and here, I met again with this movie. Unexpected, this movie is quiet pretty refreshing. I always like Steve Carrel's works, which he plays a lot of never give up - sadly character. For sure, this movie is not so original and realistic, like other reviews blabbering about. But for me it's not such a big problem. Sometime, you need Imperfection to be perfect. One last thing, the great family reunion situation gives some flashback memories for post modern generation parents like me, which usually to busy to have a warm great family gathering. Highly recommended for all those who miss their big families time and love.
Dan in Real Life is a great movie with a very well written storyline that has a very good mix of very dramatic and depressing scenes,as well as plenty of very funny scenes. Judging from the films poster,I thought this was going to be a very goofy comedy,but it was actually a very mature and grown up movie on one of those family situations where you know no one is going to come out victorious.Steve Carell did a fantastic job as Dan,he is great on at any kind if comedy because he can play both dramatic characters and ones that are just stupid.If your a fan of drama comedies then you will definitely enjoy Dan in Real Life. Several years after his wives death,Dan (Steve Carell) thinks he may have met the perfect woman.However,this woman is dating his brother.This leads to an awkward weekend with the whole family.
Some people may find Peter Hedge's Dan in Real Life to be gross and overly sentimental. But I found this movie to be really sweet with one exception and a film that has a big heart beating in the middle of it. Now, I am not a big fan of rom coms but I was glad to see this because I was able to relate to Steve Carell's character not from his point of view, but from the daughters' points of view. That leads me to explain that one exception about the sweetness. The daughters were way too mean to their father. They should have had some more respect to the guy who raised them alone for four years.This film is about a single father who is a columnist that gives readers advice on teens. When he and his daughter take a trip to visit his family, he falls in love with a woman at a bookstore. Little does he know this woman happens to be the girlfriend of his very own brother.Steve Carell was very sweet and likable in the movie. I felt very sympathetic towards his character. He wasn't funny in this movie as he normally is but he shows that he can act without all his jokes. Juliette Binoche is lovely as the bookstore woman. Carell's daughters could have been better if a little nicer.Overall, this is a sweet little comedy or I should say film. It's not really a comedy per se, but a movie that has comedy moments. I am not big on these big romantic comedies, but this film has made me respect the genre a little more. I rate this film 9/10.
I really liked this movie and have watched it a couple times. Its a little depressing at times, but is filled with witty humor that keeps the movie going and will put a smile on your face. The characters and problems seem very real and relatable in the movie and the approach that the director takes is pretty original. It was very well cast as they made the story very believable and approachable.. This movie was really touching to me as it was written so well. Of course I like a lot of Steve Carrels movies and I believe he really lit up this movie and gave it charisma. This movie is full of emotion whether its making you cry or making you laugh. A great and smart movie for adults.