Year: Summer 2011
Length: 118 min
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cal Weaver doesn't want much from life anymore. He has a sufficient job, a nice family... until he finds out his wife Emily cheated on him with his co-worker, and wants to divorce him. Frustrated, he goes drinking every night into a bar - where he also complains non-stop, attrackting the attention of womanizer Jacob Palmer. The young man decides to give him a once over and turn him into a ladiesman like himself, and while Cal finally manages to move past his shattered life, Jacob falls in love for the first time. But there's also Cal's son Robbie, who has a crush on his a few years older babysitter Jessica, who in return has actually a crush on his father. In the end, all threads come together for a heartfelt, chaotic and funny clash.
Emma Stone is an awesome actress. Although not yet overly popular, I think she has serious talent, and I'll continue watching movies she's starring in. I loved Easy A, and Crazy Stupid Love was just as awesome. Kevin Bacon and Ryan Gosling are also good actors, and the clash of all those different characters in this story was simply hilarious. I don't even know what else to say. It was simply awesome. The sheer idea of it! How everything started out as different stories, each from a different angle with a certain problem, and all of them good in themselves, and in the end all the threads came together and it was this huge, hilarious yet serious chaos of relations and feelings. I have to admit it started out a little slow, but once it starts rolling and you catch on with who belongs where, it's just great. I can only recommend, to everyone who loves a good laugh and wants a little sweet and bittersweet in one and the same movie.
Area Scan: Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 4/5 -- Drama: 3.5/5 -- Action: 2/5 -- Comedy: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5