: Dan in Real Life
I wasn’t super sold on this movie and I didn’t know anything about it other than it stars that guy from The Office who’s usually in funny comedies so I assumed that’s what this was and since that fit my mood, I went. It turns out it’s really a sweet love story. Yes, there’s humor, but it’s gentle family humor. Basically Dan is a widower struggling to raise three daughters who writes a newspaper advice column for a living. He thinks he’s got things under control but of course doesn’t. During a family reunion, he meets a beautiful, fascinating woman, only to later learn she’s his brother’s girlfriend. He has to spend the entire holiday seeing her constantly while knowing he can’t have her, and he learns he has trouble controlling himself. All sorts of sweet and funny little things happen and naturally, the two fall in love, but how can they tell the brother? It’s a really well-done film, perfectly written, with just the right touches of humor, romanticism, and realism. I really liked it. Highly recommended.