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In Crazy Stupid Love, Ryan Gosling gets serious about comedy

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Gosling with co-star Stone

Ryan Gosling struts into a sleek urban bar in Crazy Stupid Love like he owns the place. And the movie. It's an ensemble comedy rich with talented actors, but as Jacob, a suave seducer, Gosling is the alpha. When he's on the prowl, Jacob can make it to "Let's get out of here" in the time it takes most men to ask a name. He's a contemporary version of Warren Beatty in Shampoo but organized enough to avoid double-booking his dates — unless, of course, all parties agree to it first.

Forlorn family man Cal (Steve Carell) frequents that...

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