Monday, December 7, 2009

Dan In Real Life

Dan In Real Life stars Steve Carell as newspaper columnist Dan Burns, who's struggling to raise his three daughters (Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson and Marlene Lawston) after the death of his wife, four years previously. However, while visiting his parents (Dianne Wiest and John Mahoney) for an extended family get-together, Dan falls for a beautiful French woman (Juliette Binoche) he flirts with in a bookshop, only to discover, to his horror, that she's dating his younger brother (Dane Cook).

I really enjoyed this tender, bittersweet romance.  The big question is - can a person know they love someone in 3 days? Well, yeaaah! 

This film is not a comedy yet has snippets of comical moments throughout such as the old-hide-in-the-shower routine.  I particularly loved the scene around the family dinner table and the corny comments quoted by both brothers and I was in stitches while watching the scene where they were trying to outdo each other on the dance floor - some really funky moves by Carell and Binoche!

The believeability of the family interactions and emotional outbursts by the middle daughter and the genuineness of how a parent might deal with these was refreshing to see.  I loved the portrayal of vulnerability by Steve Carell as a father.

The film is enhanced by the soundtrack from Norwegian indie pop musician Sondre Lerche - absolutely brilliant muso!  His music complements the film perfectly!  My husband purchased the soundtrack for me after trekking all over our local music shops to find it finally.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film and have seen it more than a couple of times now on DVD from my Chick Flick collection and would recommend you give it a go.

My Personal Rating

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review. I found your blog through twitter. I look forward to seeing this movie.

    If you don't mind, but maybe you could give the films you review a rating? Like 7/10 or something like that. It makes it easier for the reader to understand how good the film is.