Dan In Real Life
Steve plays the title character, Dan, a columnist for a small newspaper, giving daily advice to parents all the while grieving the loss of his wife (4 years prior to the start of the movie) and raising his three girls. Being somewhat overprotective of his girls, probably due to the loss of his wife, Dan’s life starts to unravel when he takes the kids on their annual family get together on Rhode island. Once everyone is settled in, Dan’s mum sends him into town to get the paper, and tells him to get lost for a while, have some time for himself. Whilst in town he meets up with Marie and over coffee a connection is made.
Dan returns to his parents home walking on air, and his brothers begin to tease him and manage to get to the bottom of what’s happened – Dan has fallen in love.
The only problem is that his other brother introduces everyone to his new girlfriend, Marie.
Dan is stuck in a hard place and does his best to put family first and his feelings last, causing all manner of funny – if some what unbelievable – moments.
The big triumph of the movie however is in its portrayal of an extended family that enjoys spending time together, and values some very old-fashioned ideals, whilst steering clear for the most part of the crude humour that is all to frequent in modern comedies. It also shows the importance of honesty, not just with family, but also with yourself.
A heart warming, delightful pleasure that should be enjoyed by everyone.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: PG – Contains Sexual References.
Duration: 98 mins.
Director: Peter Hedges.
Actors: John Mahoney, Juliette Binoche, Dianne Wiest, Dane Cook, Steve Carell, Emily Blunt.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Release Date: Available now.