Dan in Real Life
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A widower and father of three who also writes a parenting advice column for his local newspaper falls for the girlfriend of his younger brother during a family vacation in director Peter Hedges' offbeat love-triangle laugher. Steve Carell stars as the writer who finds his widely known convictions put to the ultimate test, with Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche respectively assuming the roles of the younger sibling and his radiant girlfriend.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Smoothly entertaining fare, but with a bit more nerve it could have been so much more."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It's a nice film. There's some nice touches to it."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A charming, though occasionally off-target -- and consistently tempo-challenged -- romantic comedy."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"What's wrong with Steve Carrell? His is one of the quickest falls from comedy to crap since Chevy Chase."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Carell and Binoche are great fun to watch, doing just what the movie requires (not much, as scripted by Pierce Gardner and director Peter Hedges) and then some."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"This is his [Carell's] most assured and rounded performance to date."
‑ Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com
"Why must so many family-friendly romantic comedies give us such wan, forgettable dialogue and predictable situations? Dan is derivative at best, and feels like filmmaking by focus group at worst."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The most cloying family meeting since A Very Brady Christmas"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A creature made of gingerbread and hugs."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Carell seems to be at his best when he is put in awkward situations and is forced to make a fool out of himself, and there are plenty of those moments in Dan in Real Life."
‑ Adam Tobias, Watertown Daily Times
"Now, everybody knows that Steve Carell is lovable."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A movie nicely packed with pleasantly unpredictable surprises."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Una comedia romántica muy menor, predecible e intrascendente que desaprovecha por completo el talento de un buen elenco. Una lástima."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"I prefer a little more dysfunction in my dysfunctional family comedies."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Alas, [Hedges'] forays behind the camera with Pieces of April and now Dan in Real Life indicate he's got Sundance intentions but a Hallmark Channel soul."
‑ Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
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