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Dan in Real Life

  • Rated PG13

comedy, romance

Steve Carell (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, TV's THE OFFICE), Hollywood's leading funnyman, stars in the hilarious comedy that's bursting with charm -- a movie you'll watch again and again.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5

Love hurts in predictable rom com. OK for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this Steve Carell comedy is fairly tame overall, it does include some violence, innuendo, and other iffy behavior (Dan and Marie share a shower, they lie to Dan's family, and Dan flirts with Marie inappropriately in front of his whole family). Dan also gets a black eye and a broken nose and is in a minor car accident. A mother's death is mentioned, and a teenager lies to her father about dating a boy (he sneaks up to make out with her on the family vacation). One character makes jokes about "self-love" and "unclogging the pipes," which may lead tweens to ask about sex and masturbation. Language includes one use of "f--k."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the difference between how love is portrayed in movies and how it is in real life. Why do you think so many movies pair depression and misery with love? Is it funny to watch romantic movies like that? Why or why not? How fun do you think it would be to actually be in a relationship like that? In this movie, Dan and Marie lie about their attraction and end up hurting a lot of people. Remind kids that anyone you have to hide or lie to your family about probably isn't the right person for you.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rotten: Why must so many family-friendly romantic comedies give us such wan, forgettable dialogue and predictable situations? Dan is derivative at best, and feels like filmmaking by focus group at worst.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, October 26, 2007

Fresh: Carell's] uncanny ability to make us care what happens to him salvages Dan in Real Life.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, October 26, 2007

Audience Reviews

1 star

I enjoy Steve Carell's movie and that's why I watched this with high hope thinking this would make my day like the others have. But this didn't reach my expectation. This was painfully boring. I don't know what was lacking. Maybe the story didn't have any freshness. I did felt bad for Steve for having such a bad luck everyday. Everyone's performance was great. It looked realistic. But yeah, the rating seems to be pretty deceiving for me.

- 3niR, Sunday, November 14, 2010

3 stars

This is a lovely touching and fun film. The story is just a regular love story with the usual type of probs. Carell is great in this and really comes through as the average man with everyday probs, mainly his loneliness and kids. The acting is good all round and the location is realistic. It is predictable but very sweet, a feel good flick.

- phubbs1, Sunday, August 1, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010