During a nice romantic dinner, Emily (Julianne Moore) tells her husband Cal (Steve Carell) that she wants a divorce. Cal moves out and tries to coup with the single life while his wife tries to avoid the man she cheated on Cal with. Night after night for a couple weeks, Cal goes to the same bar and vents out his problems to anyone who will or will not listen. Serial bachelor, Jacob (Ryan Gosling) has pity for Cal and decides to help him back into the dating scene. With maxed out credit cards for a new wardrobe and a list of rules to go by, Cal is the new lady’s man. Jacob’s pickup antics stop when he comes across Hannah (Emma Stone) a recent lawyer graduate, and falls in love with her. Cal is in the dating scene alone without Jacob by his side; he starts to miss Emily and tries to fight for her love once again. Meanwhile, Cal’s son Robbie (Jonah Bobo) tries to confess his love for his four year older than him babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton). Will Emily take Cal back? Will Emily start dating the guy she cheated with? Will Jacob really settle down with Hannah? Will Jessica forget the age difference and fall for Robbie?
I like all of the characters in this film, especially Steve Carell-he’s so funny-which is why I wanted to see it. I found it to be boring and long. The playboy finding love is so predictable and lacks that romantic spark that makes the audience want to feel that same spark. The trials and troubles of each character’s relationship with the other were also depressing. This film is basically the opposite of a romantic comedy. I didn’t like Ryan’s character of the uptight bachelor who thinks he knows everything. The act didn’t sell me because it didn’t seem original; it seemed like the scene was during an audition and before the director edits the scene and the lines. There were some moments that made me smile but the rest kept me counting the minutes until the film was over. All in all, I will not see this film again.
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