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Film labours under its own title.

Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi |
September 16, 2011 8:08:18 pm

Director: John Requa,Glenn Ficarra

Cast: Steve Carell,Juliane Moore,Ryan Gosling,Marisa Tomei,Emma Stone,Kevin Bacon

Rating: **

KNOW what’s crazy and stupid,and won’t get you any love? Wearing sneakers to a fancy restaurant when you are in your 40s and have Juliane Moore for a wife. This being the movies,it takes an expensive-looking Jacob (Gosling) to tell Cal (Carell) that. After,that is,Cal has lost his wife to the taut and tanned David (Bacon),and is moping about night after night at a bar about the same — one long lament only involves the word cuckold,as a noun,verb,adjective and so forth.

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Yes,you can count. For there are long periods where the film labours under its own title,trying to fit to each of the three words,separated by the very self-conscious two commas,and capped by the self-absorbent full stop.

So one entire sequence involves Jacob giving Cal a new haircut,wardrobe,manners and drinking bar moves — all the more better to get over the wife Emily. Another involves Jacob himself making the moves,one big one on a wannabe lawyer Hannah (Stone),and such being his ilk,anyone else in the bar. The third involves Hannah and her lawyer boyfriend who is,poor thing,considered too “non-goodlooking”. The fourth involves Cal and Emily’s son Robbie and their babysitter. The 13-year-old thinks he loves the 17-year-old. But the babysitter thinks she loves Cal,the sagging suit jacket and the unruly hairstyle nothwithstanding. Wait,there is a fifth sequence,the one involving Emily and her co-worker David,the same guy she had a brief thing with at Christmas,leading up to the divorce.

Well past the midway mark,Hannah and Jacob do get together in a sequence that gives you an idea where the film may have wanted to go.

However,before you can warm up to that,there’s another sequence involving Cal and a fling that’s supposed to be shocking. But let’s not give away the entire craziness or stupidness.

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