Dan in Real Life

Dan in Real Life

Peter Hedges (2007)

PG Certificate
Mon 28 Aug 5pm - 7pm AMC from BT


Our Score
Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche make an unlikely romantic pairing in this uplifting comedy drama from director Peter Hedges (Pieces of April). Dan (Carell) is a middle-aged widower bringing up three daughters, while writing a family advice column for a city newspaper. They all think he's resigned to being single forever until a chance meeting in a bookshop with the alluring Marie (Binoche). But as luck would have it, Marie is already involved with Dan's brother Mitch (Dane Cook), leaving put-upon Dan to sweep his new-found love under the carpet during a boisterous family get-together at his parents' house. Milking the socially awkward set-up for tears as well as laughs, Hedges delivers a tender delight. Of course, nothing here bears much relation to "real life"; instead, it's a genteel fantasy about love, second chances and the healing power of family.


A widowed journalist and father-of-three falls in love at first sight with a woman he meets by chance. Later at a family get-together, he bumps into her again and is surprised to learn she is already dating his brother - an awkward situation that leaves them wrestling with their feelings while pretending never to have met. Romantic comedy, with Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dianne Wiest and Emily Blunt.

Cast & Crew

Dan Burns Steve Carell
Marie Juliette Binoche
Nana Dianne Wiest
Ruthie Draper Emily Blunt
Poppy John Mahoney
Mitch Burns Dane Cook
Jane Burns Alison Pill
Cara Burns Brittany Robertson
Director Peter Hedges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy