Gotta love this guy
WHEN Steve Carell stares into the face of misfortune he looks like a raccoon caught in the headlights.
As Cal in Crazy, Stupid, Love, it’s the end of his marriage that he can’t believe is rushing towards him. His wife Emily ( Julianne Moore) breaks the news to him over a restaurant dinner: she’s been unfaithful with an accountant at her workplace, David Lindhagen ( Kevin Bacon). Now, after 25 years of marriage, she wants a divorce.
Cal looks for solace in the bottom of a cocktail glass and begins frequenting a bar where the other patrons wisely avoid him. Then one evening a young lothario, Jacob ( Ryan Gosling), takes pity on him and volunteers to help him to smarten up, pick up women, and win back his self-esteem.
Jacob, a champion skirt-chaser, employs all those techniques that are supposed to work in fooling women into bed, but he has one talent Cal can never learn – just being unfeasibly gorgeous.
Even a smart, young lawyer like Hanna ( Emma Stone) is stunned by Jacob, even though she knows he’s just a player.
There’s also an amusing subplot involving Cal’s 13-year-old son Robbie ( Jonah Bobo), who is convinced his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica ( Analeigh Tipton), is his soulmate. Jessica, lanky and awkward herself, is just embarrassed by Robbie’s attentions. She’s more interested in the kid’s father and, in his presence, gives off more signals than a traffic cop.
This is a comedy that benefits from the presence of two great actors more often seen in deadly serious material. Gosling compels as a seducer the same way he compels as an actor: he’s always in complete control.
Moore, meanwhile, is so gifted at conveying deep emotional suffering that her jokes take us by surprise. But it’s rapidly rising star Stone ( Easy A, The Help ) who steals the film with her timing.