L. Power--Thank you for the great review as I have been dying to see this movie forever now. I just keep hearing by all the mainstream critics about Ryan Gosling in this film and how much of an awesome job he does. You know, there is probably not one movie that I have not seen of his. I really don't think people know the caliber of actor he really is, have you seen "The United States Of Leland" or "Half Nelson"? These two are MIND BLOWING and, of course Sundance film selections and winners. I loved Blue Valentine, while so many others just did not get the point of that great poignant film. It is not supposed to leave you with a 'warm fuzzy feeling' inside--it's a massive character study of basically, their pain. I just saw "All Good Things" with Gosling, and saw some of the most daring acting to date from him. See it if you haven't, it is a film based on a factual happening that has gone unsolved for decades-AWESOME. I bet you cannot tell that I too am blown away by Gosling's acting, there isn't anything he cannot do. I heard him say to 'someone' (wish my memory was better here) that he really looked forward to doing this movie and trying a comedy after all the emotionally draining and taxing movies he's been doing lately. I knew he would be great in this, as always. I liked your pitch on Emma Stone, when I first saw her in "Paper Man", I thought this "woman is phenomenal", then followed it up with "Easy A". I didn't expect much from this movie-more toward a teenage exploitation flick, was I ever surprised. She was a knock out; funny, dark-humored, sarcastic, and I could go on forever with that film. Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as her parents really added so much to the movie--what chemistry between them with the family scenes!! Also Thoman Hayden Church spit out another superlative performance, he's really a 'go to' actor for adding just the right spice to the recipe. Another reviewer above wrote that 'Carell can act!', well take a look at "Little Miss Sunshine", that should take any doubt away, also "Dan In Real Life" (a personal favorite of mine) where he plays a straight up dad and does a wonderful job, oh yes, 'he can act!'!
Back to Ryan Gosling, I can't figure out how he didn't get the Oscar nod with Williams or really instead of her. He had a much harder 'row to hoe' in that one because he was the caring, empathetic family man while Williams was more aloof and one dimensional. After seeing that one, I reviewed it and still couldn't get it out of my mind. I would say that is due to great acting and a marvelous script--the mood in that was it's own character it seemed. Once again, thanks for posting that great review--I would have seen the movie anyway, but in your review you let everyone know why they should see it and I appreciate those reviews.