Film review: Dan in Real Life

2008-04-28 00:00

STEVE Carell is probably typecast in most people’s minds as the comedy type who fits between the cringe and the crazy. Renowned for his chest waxing scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and a memorable scene in Bruce Almighty as the news reader controlled by Jim Carrey’s crazy-mouth mumblings, it would probably be safe to slot Carell in a category that incorporates Carrey, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Although Little Miss Sunshine revealed a polar-opposite side of Carrell’s ability compared to his work in the TV sitcom The Office, Evan Almighty inevitably did more harm than good.

Off they go on a vacation family get-together, where the cynical and shy Dan meets a bookworm beauty (Binoche) at a local bookstore. They hit it off. But Dan’s new-found hope bombs into awkwardness when he arrives back at the cabin to find that the mystery woman, Marie, is the new girlfriend of his athletic brother Mitch (Dane Cook). The getaway with family turns to torment for Dan as he falls in love with Marie.

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