Kicking off, no pun intended, with a montage of couple’s feet at a restaurant, demonstrating the awkwardness and flirty nature of relationships, we eventually settle on the main focus of Crazy, Stupid, Love:, Cal and Emily. As Cal ponders over which dessert he fancies and whether they should split one, Emily blurts out that she wants a divorce and so the tone is set for this interesting and very funny romantic comedy.

Devastated and in a complete funk because of his pending divorce, Cal (Steve Carell) seeks the comfort of a cocktail bar where he meets ladies man Jacob (Ryan Gosling). Taking pity on Cal, Jacob offers to mentor him and so begins the bad pick up lines and attempted conquests. Although funny and very awkward, it's not in this material that Crazy, Stupid, Love makes its real lasting impression. The film breaks up its often hysterically funny moments with some real emotional content and devastating reality, a romantic comedy in every sense of the genre.

Steve Carell is the perfect lead in this everyman role and is excellently supported by Julianne Moore as the wife at a loss, in the wilderness of middle-age as much as her husband. However it's Ryan Gosling that dominates every scene that he features in as the womanising player acting as Carell’s sensei. No stranger to the romantic, (The Notebook and Blue Valentine anyone?) Gosling is powerful and charismatic and more importantly completely believable in this role.

Despite the Canadian’s brilliant performance, he is matched if not slightly upstaged by the young Jonah Bobo who plays the teen son of Carell and Moore with a crush on the babysitter, also well portrayed by Analeigh Tipton, who has a secret of her own. Bobo is loveable and cheeky and evokes instantaneous audience support in his attempts to woo a girl three years his senior with grand gestures and inappropriate comments.

It seems unfair to simply roll over the performances of veteran actors such as Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei, and new girl on the block Emma Stone however, although they are all more than capable in their roles they are hardly given the screen time to show off. Though Stone does manage to grab some excellent scenes with Gosling it seems a slightly undervalued role from an actress very much on her way up the Hollywood ladder as proven by her recent role in The Help

Crazy, Stupid, Love seeks to be more than your average rom-com and with some great central and supporting performances as well as a clever script it does just that. It doesn’t skimp on the laughs but just as crucially it provides more than enough heart. More than worth a viewing.