A film (and cast) with a lot of potential but this is depressingly formulaic stuff, larded out with superfluous subplots, woefully mechanical plot vectors and one huge implausibility that lies at the centre of it. Ultimately conservative and WAYYYY too long. I have watched ten-hour films by Lav Diaz that seemed shorter than this.
Film scontato? A un certo punto sì. Ma non da subito e in una commedia romantica è già una conquista quando il punto di non ritorno si situa oltre la metà del tempo concesso ad una serata senza troppe pretese. Coppia di protagonisti maschili ben caratterizzata, meno luce per quelle femminili ma ci sono modi decisamente peggiori di occupare il proprio tempo
An underrated, edgy comedy drama with an excellent narrative catalyst - where player becomes mensch to a middle-aged married man in an existential crisis due to his separation. The script is a delight, subverting the stereotypes of each character as their journeys (regardless of some superbly deployed tragicomic scenarios) reach humane conclusions. An uplifting, fairly realistic, acerbic treat.
I usually think the comedy is much more crucial to get right than the romance in the rom-com genre; I think this movie really gets the comedy right. I love Carell and Gosling together in this. The glaring flaw I see though is that I'd rather the two of them live happily ever after than Carrell and Julienne Moore.