This volume in the Newmarket Shooting Script series features the screenplay by Pierce Gardner and Peter Hedges for Dan in Real Life. In an interview with Rob Field, Hedges talks about the lostness of the protagonist Dan Burns (Steve Carell) whose "heart had frozen over and who was doing the best he could to get through each day." He also makes it clear that surprises are what make life so inimitable. Falling in love changes everything. You never know what to expect and things never go quite as you planned.

This paperback also contains the entire shooting script, 37 color photographs, an introduction by Pierce Gardner, and complete cast and crew credits.