Dan in Real Life

This movie tells the story of Dan Burns [played by Steve Carell] -a widow with three girls- that is so attached to his family and work that he even forgot about himself [in the love department]. The story begins four years after his wife dies of an illness and he stays at home taking care of the girls. He works from the house cause he writes an advice column for a local newspaper.

Then they go to his parents house for a family gathering. The next morning he goes to the bookstore to buy the newspaper and he meets this girl named Marie [played by Juliette Binoche]. He heads back to the house and informs the family that he met a wonderful girl on the bookstore just to find out at that same moment that the girl of his dreams is his brother Mitch [played by Dane Cook] new girlfriend. The rest you can imagine it.

Very funny. It is like somehow predictable. He goes around figure out how to deal with his feelings towards her and the jealousy knowing that she wont be happy with his brother but trying to stay put respecting that she is his brothers girlfriend etc. The family notices that something is wrong with him and try to help him. [as all families do they mess up things a little bit] .The talent show part is priceless and when he takes the kids to the lighthouse that was nice too.

I liked the part when he tries to explain his daughter Cara the issue about been in love and that it cant happen in three days when he is in the same page that she is. Preaching moral in his underware. And quote:

Dan Burns: What don't I understand, Cara? Please, help me out. What is it? Is it frustrating that you can't be with this person? That there's something keeping you apart? That there's something about this person that you can connect with? And whenever you're near this person, you don't know what to say, and you say everything that's in your mind and in your heart, and you know that if you could just be together, that this person would help you become the best possible version of yourself?

Watch the movie and have a good time. Good for stay at home fun with friends and family. Steve is great on the film delivers the feelings involved. It is something to what some of us can relate to even without being widows cause you never know when love will knock on your door and what will you do when it happens. Like Dan says in the movie: Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to plan to be surprised.

A romantic comedy directed by Peter Hedges. Written by Peter Hedges and Pierce Gardner. Runs for 98 minutes.

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