Director: Peter Hedges
Like some warm apple pie or a glass of milk at bedtime, there’s nothing safer than a well acted family comedy. The newest offering to the relationship/family genre is Dan in Real Life.
Lets get right into it shall we. The movie stars one of the busiest men in Hollywood, Steve Carell. Here Steve plays a widow with a parenting advice column and three daughters of varying troubled ages. Of course his advice isn’t heeded at home and his daughters are less than impressed with his dad skills. That established they pack up and head out to a traditional family gathering at the grandparent’s summer house. Steve begins the trip by falling for a delightful woman played by Juliette Binoche. But the movie needs a twist so… Ok, I’m not sure if this is considered a spoiler but she’s actually, gasp, his brothers girlfriend.Now I have a few pet peeves, one of which is when a movie’s plot completely revolves around a single lie. Something that makes you want to scream, “just tell them for Jimmeny sake!” Even so, this film does nicely play like an older Steve Martian film. Or maybe it’s just because the mom in the movie is played by Parenthood’sDianne Wiest. Actually the film did have the same air about it as the classic family drama film Parenthood, and that’s not an entirely bad thing. You’ll probably laugh, you’ll could get misty, and if you’ve chose this as a date movie you just might score. Or you might flee in disgust.