Carell's humor is main draw for 'Dan in Real Life'

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3 stars out of 4

If you liked the previews, you'll like this film. This sweet family movie is a somewhat typical, traditional rom-com that's enjoyable to see. Steve Carell is very funny as a newspaper columnist and widow with three girls who's navigating his way back into the dating scene, with some very real and immediate complications. Taking place at a large family gathering, there is a lot of humor and some good messages about relationships. I enjoyed Dane Cook as the brother and the honest look at real feelings of loyalty and jealousy. There are also a couple tender-hearted moments between Carell's character and daughters, amidst the many silly scenes.

- Cindy Evans, Duluth

2 1/2 stars out of 4

In "Dan in Real Life," Steve Carell tries to play down his usual goofy characters. He does a pretty good job at it. Dan is a likable guy, and it made me wonder if this is what Carell is like in his own real life. A little funny, a little quirky and a little neurotic. In the beginning, this movie had that feeling like it could be a sleeper hit. Unfortunately it fell a little short and finished unsatisfactorily. Even though it was nice to see Carell play something different, I would recommend waiting for the DVD.

- Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville

3 stars out of 4

Steve Carell has got to be one of the funniest people in film. He burst onto the film scene a couple of years ago, and now everything he touches turns to comedy gold. "Dan in Real Life" is no exception. What makes this character so great is the "everyguy" approach that Carell brings to him. He's my neighbor, my friend, a guy I go to church with. You know, the guy next door. Only in Carell's case, he's the HILARIOUS guy next door. As long as he keeps making good character choices, Carell is going to be around a while.

- Pedro E. Alvarado, Lawrenceville