Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dan in Real Life

It's rare that one sees a mainstream commercial movie that features people who make kind and wise choices, people who refrain from littering their speech with profanity, and those people also stay out of the bedroom. Dan in Real Life is that kind of rare movie. It is rated PG-13, but it's a very tame PG-13. In fact, depending on what your kids regularly watch, I think it's the kind of film that teens could watch with their parents to launch a good discussion (PluggedIn online always has good reviews that give a run-down of any content that some might find objectionable, and this review details all the whys of the rating).

Terry and I saw this over the weekend, and we both enjoyed it. It is a drama, so I was surprised that Terry mentioned a couple times that it was a good movie. I think that he appreciated the way it was presented, but also the subject matter. And there is some Steve Carell silly or physical humor throughout to keep the subject light.

Dan Burns lost his wife four years ago, so he's playing mom and dad to two teenage daughters and one pre-teen. The girl-drama is right on target and causes a few laughs (or in our case perhaps a nervous chuckle as we think, "It's coming for us--all too soon."). He finally finds someone who he is attracted to, but there's a complication. The viewers watch and hope for Dan to find personal happiness in his real life.

With two other recent family-friendly flicks under his belt--Evan Almighty and Horton Hears a Who--I might have to add Steve Carell to my favorite actors list.


Katrina said...

Thanks for the review. We enjoyed Evan Almighty (also at your recommendation, I think), and I'm sure Horton Hears a Who is in our rental future.

corinne said...

That's funny - we saw this movie over the weekend too. I also appreciated the clean humor, the moral values, and the innocence of the love story. But wasn't that the longest family weekend in history? And wouldn't you just want to hide out if that was really your family? Maybe it's just me, but that much group introspection and togetherness would get a little weary! :-)

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I LOVED this movie!! : )


Shauna said...

I'm a huge fan of The Office and really liked seeing Carell in a more serious role in Dan in Real Life. We haven't seen Horton yet but will when it's on DVD.

Carrie K. said...

We loved ths movie, too.

Susanne said...

We really enjoyed this movie too!