When I first heard about this movie, I thought it was going to be pretty stupid.  There goes Steve Carell, wasting his comic talent once again.  Then along came a boring weekday night with nothing else showing in theaters and I went to see Dan In Real Life.  It ended up being so good that I went to see it two other times and now I own it on DVD.  Now you can too.

Starting this March 11th, now available on DVD from Touchstone Home Entertainment and Focus Features, is the latest heartwarming movie from Steve Carell, Dan In Real Life.  Bring home this wonderfully fun movie for you and the rest of your family.

Dan In Real Life is the story of Dan Burns, an advice columnist with three daughters and no mother for them anymore.  He takes his family on a trip to see their all of his family at their annual get together up on the New England coast.  His daughters are all upset with him for various family related reasons and he just seems to be in a funk of sorts.  So he goes in to town to pick up a newspaper and browses around the bait shop/book store.  While there he, as he puts it later, “meets someone.”  But once he gets back to his parent’s house, he finds out that this someone is his brother’s new girlfriend, come to stay the weekend with the family.  Hilarity ensues.  Things keep getting worse and worse for Dan, both with his daughters, his love life, and his family in general.  Even when he seems to be in the clear, things completely fall apart and it’s up to the importance of family to pick them all back up again.

The special features on this disc include a selection of deleted scenes which weren’t used in the movie with an optional commentary by writer and director Peter Hedges, a reel of bloopers, a featurette about the making of this film, another featurette about making the score for Dan In Real Life, and an optional audio commentary for the whole film from writer/director Peter Hedges.

This film is a great and painfully accurate look at family life.  The way he falls in love but can’t make it happen is so realistic that it hurts to watch.  Steve Carell puts in another stellar performance as a thoroughly believable father having a rough time by himself.  All the actors in this film were great.  It was strange to see John Mahoney without a cane, and even Dane Cook was funny.  This is a great film.

Dan In Real Life is a wonderful tale fit for every day life.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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