Merie W. Wallac
Jeff Labrecque
March 07, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dan in Real Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
10/26/07
performer
Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Dane Cook
director
Peter Hedges
author
Pierce Gardner, Peter Hedges
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a B+

It’s nothing personal, but we genuinely enjoy watching Steve Carell get none. The 40 Year-Old Virgin scores again as an abstinent widowed dad who falls for his brother’s girlfriend (Juliette Binoche) in Dan in Real Life. His subdued performance single-handedly keeps this occasionally mawkish romantic comedy upright. EXTRAS Outtakes and hammier deleted scenes show that the actor’s ”Chekhovian sadness” — as writer-director Peter Hedges calls it in a genial commentary — wasn’t Method; a hidden video montage of his pleas for ”One more take?” exposes Carell’s endearing perfectionism. B+

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