by Joanna Orland
At 40-something, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is settled in his life with three kids, a house, and a highschool sweetheart of a wife. Cal’s wife (Julianne Moore) asks for a divorce, is sleeping with David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon) and Cal’s world begins to unravel. Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, is about as smooth as Carell’s 40-year-old-virgin character and seeks the help of womanizer Jacob (Ryan “Photoshopped-Abs” Gosling) and the rest is history.
This film is not at all as flawless as Ryan Gosling. In fact, it is far from it. There is no build up to this film, in the first 2 minutes Julianne Moore is asking Steve Carell for a divorce and we’re OFF! All of the different relationship dynamics are interesting and entertaining with some endearing performances by Moore and Gosling. Unfortunately, this film is primarily ruined by yet another wise-beyond-his-years kid who deserves a punch in the face and at the very least, a haircut.
If you’re in the mood for a mildly amusing film about love and character interrelationships, then look no further. Notable for the scene-stealing display of washboard stomach from man of the hour Ryan Gosling. Totally would!!!