Dan in Real Life

Dan in Real Life
Dan in Real Life
  • PG-13
  • 1h 38m
  • 2007
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Steve Carell, Hollywood's leading funnyman, stars in the hilarious comedy that's bursting with charm -- a movie you'll watch again and again. Advice columnist Dan Burns (Carell) is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent to three precocious daughters. Things get even more complicated when Dan finds out that the woman he falls in love with is actually his brother's new girlfriend. Carell is joined by a brilliant all-star supporting cast, including Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney and Dianne Wiest, for a heartfelt, fun-filled comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The fine performances elevate Dan in Real Life beyond its sentimental plot.
Time Out
David Fear

March 3, 2019
Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg

March 3, 2019
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston

Smoothly entertaining fare, but with a bit more nerve it could have been so much more.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Love hurts in predictable rom com. OK for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this Steve Carell comedy is fairly tame overall, it does include some violence, innuendo, and other iffy behavior (Dan and Marie share a shower, they lie to Dan's family, and Dan flirts with Marie inappropriately in front of his whole family). Dan also gets a black eye and a broken nose and is in a minor car accident. A mother's death is mentioned, and a teenager lies to her father about dating a boy (he sneaks up to make out with her on the family vacation). One character makes jokes about "self-love" and "unclogging the pipes," which may lead tweens to ask about sex and masturbation. Language includes one use of "f--k."

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:October 26, 2007
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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