Crazy, Stupid, Love.
When a 40-something couple splits up, the husband (Steve Carell) is mentored by a lounge lothario (Ryan Gosling) in the art of seduction, while the wife (Julianne Moore) wonders if she did the right thing. Meanwhile, their 13-year-old son (Jonah Bobo) acts on his crush on the baby sitter (Analeigh Tipton), while she acts on her own crush on the husband. Then, Gosling’s Don Juan meets his match in a young lawyer (Emma Stone) who rattles his world. Dan Fogelman’s script is a fugue on the multigenerational facets of love, from the adolescent crush through the excitement of rapid-fire sex to the comfort of a good solid match with its risk of complacency. The expert ensemble cast could almost direct themselves, but they don’t have to; Glenn Ficarra and John Requa keep the pace sprightly and the laughs coming.