[BlackTree TV - New York] 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.
In today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome lothario 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 in love with his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a major crush of her own...on Cal. And even Jacob’s new-woman-every-night modus operandi is challenged when he tries his best lines on Hannah (Emma Stone), a girl he just can’t seem to get out of his mind—maybe because she’s the first woman he’s ever met who doesn’t think this professional player has any game.
STEVE CARELL (Cal / Producer) is one of the most sought-after comedic actors in Hollywood. First gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Carell has successfully moved into primetime television and above-the-title status in the film world with equal aplomb. Carell’s endeavors and successes in acting, writing and producing provided an organic segue to the creation of his own production company, Carousel Productions, with “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” marking the first feature film released under that banner.
Carell opened his first lead feature, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow, at number one, a spot at which it remained for two straight weekends. The surprise hit of 2005 went on to gross more than $175 million worldwide and had number one openings in 12 countries. The success of the film has continued, as it has also generated over $100 million in DVD sales in North America alone. The film was honored with an AFI Award naming it one of the 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year and took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The film also earned Carell and Apatow a co-nomination for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America.
In 2006, as part of an ensemble, he starred in “Little Miss Sunshine,” which earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture, with Carell sharing the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2008, Carell starred as Maxwell Smart in “Get Smart,” opposite Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin. The film grossed over $230 million worldwide.
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