Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore) are a happily married couple. That is, until Emily asks Cal for a divorce. He moves out and spends most of his nights lonely and depressed, getting drunk at the local club, a place where he meets Jacob Palmer (Gosling), a rich, stylish, and good looking bachelor who promises to get Cal back on the top of his game, by dating the most gorgeous women, and enjoying his now single life.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the director duo responsible for “I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)”, team up for another comedy that is this 2011 film, starring a fine cast of talent in Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marissa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon.
A romantic comedy that has its fair share of funny and serious moments. A nice mixture of cast both young and old. A nice chemistry and team up in Carell and Gosling, whose characters are complete opposites who learn a thing or two on the game of love from one another. Carell is not his usual over the top and obnoxious self, but in a more serious father role that actually translated well for the actor.
The story is a mash of different story lines that involve love triangles that link all characters together. Its quite funny. The acting, writing, and direction all work for the best, and what we get is a fun and classy comedy that works for audiences both young and old.