Dan In Real Life

Steve Carell is Dan in “Dan in Real Life”.  He writes a self help column and raises three daughters alone.  At a weekend with the family Dan meets Marie (Juliette Binoche) and falls for her without the knowledge that she is the girlfriend of his brother Mitch (Dane Cooke).  Throughout the film Dan’s love for Marie builds along with his innability to hide it from the rest of the family.  I felt some real connections between Dan and Marie but it didn’t really make up for the lack of chemistry in the rest of the cast.  I was anticipating the drama between Dan and Mitch but the relationship between the brothers turned out to be boring and underdeveloped.  The rest of the family didn’t help the film either never showing any believable family dynamics.  If it hadn’t been for the fact that Dan’s family ate breakfast together I would never have guessed that they were a family at all.  2/5 Stars.