By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 6, 2011 at 6:35AM
It doesn't get much more star studded than this. The Steve Carell dramedy, "Crazy, Stupid, Love." has lined up a killer ensemble cast including Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, singer Josh Groban and Analeigh Tipton, and in the first trailer for the film, it looks like everyone is in top form.
Directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (the duo behind "Bad Santa" and "I Love You Phillip Morris") and written by Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Bolt"), the picture centers on Cal (Carell), who's life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis (his adulteress wife Moore and her fling; Bacon) and tries to manage his relationship with his children. He's taken under the wing of a smooth-talking ladies man (Gosling) who helps him regain his confidence while also falling head-over-heels in love with Hannah (Stone). And if that isn't enough, there is a whole other plot thread based around Cal's son who is dealing with a crush on his babysitter. It seems like a lot to handle but thus far, we are loving everything we see in this. Gosling walks away with the trailer, throwing all kinds of old school movie actor charm all over his character. Carell and Moore, unsurprisingly, pretty much nail their respective parts while Stone still shines in a role she can pretty much sleepwalk through at this point. But the overall tone and vibe completely won us over and we're pretty damn excited (huge extra points for the "Twilight" dig).
"Crazy, Stupid, Love." opens on July 29th; check out the synopsis and trailer below (or in HD at Apple).
At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream--good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren't the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal's 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.