Dan in Real Life

Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Love hurts in predictable rom com. OK for teens.

PG-13 2007 110 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 27 reviews

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age 16+

Murderer of love? More like murders of entertainment.

This movie is the dumbest movie I’ve ever seen. However we are here not to discuss stupidity but if it’s appropriate for kids: I believe it’s not. The first thing is the main character is in love with the brothers girlfriend. She is inlove with her boyfriends brother. (They love each other) The woman is constantly flirting with both boys in front of each other even though the main character is trying to get her to stop. Eventually though theirs a back and forth of one flirting with one and being pushed away and then they switch. At one point the entire family comes into the main characters room and start discussing how to get out of his funk and the conversation turns to how he should masturbate and “unclog the pipes.” Main characters middle daughter is obsessed with her boyfriend of 3 days and brings up wanting to have sex with him often. She is 16. She even asks the family when it’s appropriate to consider someone a lover instead of a boyfriend. At one point her boyfriend sneaks to where she is and they are caught making out. Afterwards she tells her dad “When it comes to sex, he’s the one that wants to wait.” When the dad sends the boyfriend away the daughter screams at the dad “you are a murder of love.” There is another moment where the family is making fun of a girl the mom sets the main character on a blind date with referring her to “pig face” and even sings a whole song about it. Anyway eventually main character and brothers girlfriend start sneaking around after the girlfriend breaks up with the brother. Obviously they are caught. At the end of the day I didn’t like it because it teaches: Bullying is fine as long as not to the persons face, and they don’t find out. Screaming at parents is fine. Sneak your partner behind your parents back. Teens Sex life and your uncles masterbation is a topic for all family especially extended family including your young nieces and nephews. You can sneak around a date family members partners. At the end of the day it was really stupid and just some not great role models or morals. We are sex positive parents, but this went about it all the wrong way. I wouldn’t show it to my young kids.
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age 9+

Funny and clean

Honestly, nothing to worry about in this movie. I recommend it for all ages!! I only give it three stars because the ending of the movie was a bit bland.

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