Movie Review: Dan in Real LIfe

April 29, 2008 — Leave a comment

Key Player(s): Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Diane Weist, John Mahoney

Plot summary (from IMDB): The Burns clan is gathering at their vacation place on the Rhode Island shore: Dan (a widower with three daughters), plus his parents, various brothers and a sister and their families. At a bookstore the first morning he’s there, he chats up a woman, bares his soul and feels a connection before she gets a call and bolts. She’s seeing someone, who turns out to be one of Dan’s brothers. It’s a dicey couple of days at the house as Dan can’t keep his eyes off her, his brother is obviously falling in love, and everyone thinks she’s great. In this big supportive family, who will be the first to find the tension too much to bear? And after the snap, then what?

My summary: Wow. I thought it was going to be hilariously funny (which it was), but it also turned out to be unexpectedly touching, like Jerry Maguire.

Rating (1-5): 4


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