The odd couple
THE majority of romantic comedies are set to such a predictable and stringent formula that you have to delight in the subtleties and those characters and moments that differentiate them from the same ol’ ‘‘ break- up, make- up’’ dross. This one has plenty and involves middle- aged father- of- two Cal Weaver ( Steve Carell) striking up an unlikely friendship/ bromance with suave ladies’ man Jacob ( Ryan Gosling, both pictured). They meet in a bar shortly after Cal separates from the love of his life, Emily ( Julianne Moore). Seeing the shell of a man, Jacob takes pity on Cal and takes him under his wing to show him how to regain his manhood – mainly by picking up chicks in bars. There’s plenty in the lovelorn subplots, too, which tie into the plot wonderfully enhanced by some terrific dialogue and the pitch- perfect performances from Gosling and Carell. Extras ( BD): Interviews with Gosling, Carell and Emma Stone chatting about the shoot, their roles and on and offscreen life, plus some deleted scenes. NOT VIEWED.