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(Crazy, funny, love stories)
If you want to laugh out loud at a crazy, sometimes stupid, sometimes intelligent look at love, this is the movie for you. It is filled with interesting, complex, emotionally damaged people who each have something missing in their relationships and search for meaning in their lives. While doing so, they make some bad decisions, but they are not bad people. They do things that will make you laugh, and they do things that will make you want to slap them silly.
Writer Dan Fogelman has put them in some very funny situations, given them great lines and created funny scenes with some unexpected coincidences that will catch you by surprise. Underneath it all are some good messages about commitment, the grass isn't always greener, and finding the perfect soul mate.
At the center of it all is Cal (Steve Carell in his best role ever), a dull sort of guy whose wife (Julianne Moore) tells him she has had an affair and wants a divorce. Cal is devastated. He starts hanging out in a bar, where he meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling), the ultimate womanizer, who gives him a complete makeover, from clothes to personal care products to attitude. Cal has a number of one-nighters, the last involving a woman who is indirectly connected to the family (Marisa Tomei). His wife pursues her relationship with a co-worker (Kevin Bacon). Their 13 year-old son is obsessed with his baby-sitter, who is obsessed with Cal. And then Jacob meets the woman of his dreams, who is...
We've told you enough. Enjoy the outrageous coincidences, twists, turns and surprises that come at you like a runaway locomotive. This movie is as crazy as it gets, but you will leave the theatre chuckling and maybe with a tear in your eye at the lovely, crazy ending.
Rated PG-13, with minor profanity and aimed at a mature audience who will understand just how crazy and stupid love can be.