Dan in Real Life was quite the surprise. I went to an advance screening of the film and wasn’t expecting a whole lot. Steve Carell jumps outside of his normal goofy roles in this romantic comedy and shines. When I saw that Dane Cook was also in the movie I was immediately disheartened… but you know what? He didn’t totally suck in it because he played a small role and wasn’t allowed to inject his brand of boring humor. Juliette Binoche as the other romantic lead did a fine job as well.

daninreallife3432.jpgIt is smartly written, expertly delivered by a great ensemble cast, and most importantly kept me smiling almost the entire time. I have to admit there was a moment when it left me a little misty-eyed. 🙂

The film was entirely predictable (save for one scene) and had nothing new or earthshaking, but it delivered on its promise of being a fun, romantic comedy.

RATING 9 out of 10