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Dan in Real Life (2007)

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A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.

Director:

Peter Hedges
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4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Dan
Juliette Binoche ... Marie
Dane Cook ... Mitch
Alison Pill ... Jane
Britt Robertson ... Cara (as Brittany Robertson)
Marlene Lawston ... Lilly
Dianne Wiest ... Nana
John Mahoney ... Poppy
Norbert Leo Butz ... Clay
Amy Ryan ... Eileen
Jessica Hecht ... Amy
Frank Wood ... Howard
Henry Priest Miller Henry Priest Miller ... Will (as Henry Miller)
Ella Miller Ella Miller ... Rachel
CJ Adams ... Elliot (as Cameron 'CJ' Adams)
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Storyline

Single father Dan Burns dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Something's happening to Dan. It's confusing. It's awkward. It's family.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Min brors flickvän See more »

Filming Locations:

Westerly, Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,809,445, 26 October 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,636,541, 10 February 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,938,171, 29 March 2009
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS (as dts)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dianne Wiest, who plays Dan's mother, is only 14 years older than Steve Carell. See more »

Goofs

When Marie is making pancakes, she picks up the syrup to pour on Dan's pancakes with her left hand and starts to pour, then in the next shot she is pouring with her right hand. See more »

Quotes

Dan Burns: You know that feeling in your heart? When your heart is just pounding, like it's actually outside your ribs. Exposed, vulnerable, but wonderful and awful, and heartsick, and alive, all at the same time?
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Connections

Referenced in Movie Poster Contract (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

To Be Surprised
(2007)
Written, Produced and Performed by Sondre Lerche
Mixed by Kato Ådland
Courtesy of EMI/Astralwerks Records
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Sweet, Funny, Touching...Just About Perfect
4 October 2007 | by writtenbypatrickSee all my reviews

I got to see this film at a preview and was dazzled by it. It's not the typical romantic comedy. I can't remember laughing so hard at a film and yet being moved by it. The laughs aren't gags here--they're observations, laughs of recognition, little shocks of "Oh, my God, I thought I was the only one who felt that way!" I won't give away the plot, which is more than just "Guy falls in love with his brother's girlfriend." The whole family plays a part in the relationship here. Probably the best blend of laughter and warmth since "While You Were Sleeping."

Steve Carell goes much deeper than he's gone before, and for the first time I really liked him. The cast is amazing, a list of veteran theater actors whom I've loved in other roles, but they blend to make a convincing family. Dianne Wiest is lovely as the mother, Juliette Binoche is luminous and hilarious (who knew she was funny?), and even the reviled Dane Cook gives a warm, quiet, touching performance. The Sondre Lerche soundtrack is a wonderful addition, and I'll buy the CD the second it's available.

Don't miss this one.


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