Dan In Real Life
(D: Peter Hedges, 98 min)
Is Steve Carell becoming overexposed? His work on The Office is still terrific, of course. And that little cameo on Knocked Up was cute. But let's not forget the mess of Biblical proportions that was Evan Almighty. Or the fact that pretty soon he's appearing onscreen in the big-screen version of Get Smart.
In Dan In Real Life , he plays a widowed single dad who falls for the woman ( Juliette Binoche ) his younger brother ( Dane Cook ) is dating. The guy-with-kids theme has always been a strong box-office draw -- from Kramer Vs. Kramer through Three Men And A Baby and The Pacifier. Let's just hope Carell really gets smart and doesn't make us tire of him.
Opens Friday (October 26). Screened after press time -- see review October 26 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.