When Steve Carell and Julianne Moore break up after 20 years of marriage, heartbreak, romantic complications and bad pickup lines follow. Carell gets advice from ladies man Ryan Gosling, who finds his player status compromised by genuine feeling for Emma Stone, who happens to be Carell’s daughter. While Moore keeps company with Kevin bacon, Carell’s co-worker, their teenage son pursues his babysitter. This 2011 ensemble comedy looks at the many varieties of love, from puppy crushes to infatuation and the real thing with a top cast and fast-paced wit.
The Squid and the Whale.
Writer-director Noah Baumbach mined his own childhood for this 2005 1980s Brooklyn divorce. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney play the Berkmans, the perfect bohemian brownstone intellectuals—he’s a pretentious professor and she’s a frustrated writer. When they split, their sons Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) and Owen Kline (son of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates) must deal with all the self-involved, emotionally needy aspects of their parents.