This is a humorous and intelligent film starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone.
The story revolves around Cal (Carell) who sees his marriage fall apart. As he seeks solutions and a way to recover he meets Jacob (Gosling). Jacob is a free spirit who tries to bring Cal into the world of dating. Meanwhile Cal has to try to take care of his children who are learning the meaning of love in their own ways. The story has all the twists and turns of most romantic comedies, but it also has a softer side that comes out throughout the film.
The humor throughout the film is well-placed and the acting lends itself to a film that has deeply serious moments and light comedic scenes as well. Carell is exactly what we all know him to be from all his previous roles. Perhaps here he’s a bit more sad than ever before. Gosling manages to pull off a role that seems straightforward but really adds to the film. The rest of the cast is equally good as they combine for this great film.
I really loved this film. I think it succeeded in making its point and has repeat value as well. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.