Movie Review: Dan In Real Life

October 29, 2007 at 4:34 pm 1 comment


After reading that this movie was mediocre in mulitple reviews, I was pleasantly surprised. It was genuinely endearing, funny and enjoyable.

The characters were loveable. I really have to connect with characters in a movie to enjoy it and this one I felt like I did. There were so many aspects of Dan’s personality and Dan’s family that I could relate to. He gets stuck sleeping in the laundry room at the house…yeah more than once have I been sleeping in my Aunt & Uncle’s basement with the dryer running. The family seemed well rounded and fun, while still sickeningly sweet. What kind of family does Crossword Puzzle contests? Aerobics in the front yard? Talent Shows? Yeah it was a little bit too much, but it was the sort of idealistic family that I think everyone wants to be a part of. One that has fun conversation, generally gets along and has a good time playing games and everything else.

The music was amazing. I loved the music. I reseached a little bit and found that Sondre Lerche did all the music himself. He is a norwegian songwriter…and it really adds great dimension and intent to the story. After looking at his site I noticed he’s coming to Minneapolis and he is playing at one of my favorite venue’s The Varsity Theater, maybe I will have to go!

Love to Love the Underdog. Poor Dan…he’s so much the underdog, but you just love rooting for him. As I said to my friend, it was the perfect amount of Michael Scott, but with love and tact and class. He is funny and uncomfortable and struggling with his parenting while trying to figure out this love he has for his Brother’s girlfriend. Which the audience was fine with, becuase its just kind of tough to buy Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche as a couple. No matter how normal Dane Cook was in this movie, it just didnt seem right. In fact I really loved Dane Cook in this movie (typically im on the fence…although I LOVE his comedy) and I think it showed some real talent with his acting. But you just still loved Steve Carell.

The Ending. Maybe I missed something, but I didnt ever figure out what happened with Dan’s job? Did they address that? I kind of wanted to know if that was something they tied up at the end of the movie.

Final Verdict: Chick flick. Love Story. Feel Good Film. Go see it! I thought it was sweet and romantic, and sappy of course, but if thats what youre going for, youre sure to love it!


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  • 1. Steve  |  November 9, 2007 at 6:35 am

    I wanted to see this out of curiosity for Sondre’s music but it wasn’t showing anywhere near me! You DEFINITELY should see him live though – I have and he’s got so much energy. He seems to spend all his time in America these days…


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