Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore) have been married for 25 years. Emily asks for a divorce, revealing that she’s been unfaithful – something Cal didn’t expect to hear. Unable to work out how to be successfully single, Cal meets Jacob (Gosling) in a bar. Jacob takes him under his wing and shows Cal how to pick up chicks. Jacob is a top gun lothario and is willing to share his secrets. Cal becomes a great student reclaiming his lost manhood.
Eventually, however, Jacob meets the girl that makes him want to change his ways (Hannah, played by Stone), leaving Cal to negotiate the womanising scene solo. Typically it all falls apart as true love dominates over casual sex.
I love Emma Stone – she and Julianne Moore made this movie likeable. There is an element of the bromance in this flick as Cal and Jacob develop a relationship. There are love interests all over the shop which are supposed to tie in together, but the major criticism of this movie is that they didn’t fit together smoothly. Apart from that, there is a lot of humour and great ‘bit’ parts. This is definitely one of the better romantic comedies of 2011.