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Dan in Real LifeIt's nothing personal, but we genuinely enjoy watching ...Dan in Real LifeComedy, RomancePG-13It's nothing personal, but we genuinely enjoy watching ...2008-03-07Dane Cook
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B+

Dan in Real Life

Genre: Comedy, Romance; Starring: Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Dane Cook; Director: Peter Hedges; Author: Pierce Gardner, Peter Hedges; Release Date Wide: 10/26/2007; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season

It’s nothing personal, but we genuinely enjoy watching Steve Carell get none. The 40 Year-Old Virgin scores again as an abstinent widowed dad who falls for his brother’s girlfriend (Juliette Binoche) in Dan in Real Life. His subdued performance single-handedly keeps this occasionally mawkish romantic comedy upright. EXTRAS Outtakes and hammier deleted scenes show that the actor’s ”Chekhovian sadness” — as writer-director Peter Hedges calls it in a genial commentary — wasn’t Method; a hidden video montage of his pleas for ”One more take?” exposes Carell’s endearing perfectionism. B+

Originally posted March 7 2008 — 12:00 AM EST

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