Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Analeigh Tipton, Jonah Bobo, John Carroll Lynch, Beth Littleford and Josh Groban.
Directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa.
This "romantic comedy" has more going for it than most. It has a great cast, it has multiple storylines that we don't mind juggling until it comes together in one whole, and it has moments of genuine emotion.
Steve Carell plays Cal, a suburban dad whose wife suddenly asks for a divorce. Turns out she slept with a co-worker. Cal's been out of the dating scene for 25 years, so he goes to bars and gets drunk and makes a fool of himself until ladies-man Jacob (Ryan Gosling) takes pity on him and gives him the Pygmalion treatment.
Everyone here is good. In fact, I thought Marisa Tomei had the biggest laugh of the movie. Okay, Kevin Bacon is wasted. It's as though he saw the cast and said, "I don't care how small my part is. I'm doing this for the good of the Six Degrees game."
P.S. Annoying product-placement watch: One guy says, "Sorry I was late; I had to pick something up at Macy's" and holds up the bag for the camera.