The odd cou­ple

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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.

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