Dan in Real Life
Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Emily Blunt
Carell plays Dan, a single dad bringing up three girls, who writes an advice column on relationships in the newspaper. It’s a film about family more so than ‘boy meets girl’. However boy does meet girl, and it happens that the girl Dan meets is his brother’s new girlfriend. Dan’s whole extended family gets together for the holidays at the parents’ house (mum is played by Dianne Wiest) where lots of relationship issues are played out.
A support role is given to Emily Blunt – this is quite early in her career, and she is terrific even then. Everyone in the family totally loves Marie (played by Binoche), and Dan seems to be the underdog. Poor old Dan. I really think he cops a lot of flack, especially from his teenage daughters. But he survives, and there are smooches all round at the end of the film. This is a lovely movie, where Carell is not so much funny/ridiculous but funny/likable.