Dan in Real Life

Lynn’s Druthers Marathon, part 25

Title: Dan in Real Life
Year: 2007
Length: 98 minutes
Director: Peter Hedges
Writers: Pierce Gardner & Peter Hedges
Starring: Steve Carell
With: Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson, Marlene Lawston, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney, Norbert Leo Butz, Amy Ryan, Jessica Hecht, Frank Wood, Emily Blunt
Cinematography: Lawrence Sher
Music: Sondre Lerche
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: a widower obsesses over his brother’s girlfriend

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad) I understand we watched this because there are pancakes on the poster. That is a bad way to select a movie.
Story:1/4 (Bad)
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:3/4 (Good) Who casts Dane Cook in a movie?  Who does that?  And as a character that should be sympathetic!  It’s kind of distracting if you spend half the movie wanting to sucker punch one of the actors.
Music:2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad, 1/4 (Bad)). Awkwardness that’s just horrible to watch, with no reward for your pain. And so many cliches.
Objective Rating (Average):1.9/4 (Eh)


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