The characters were great and I especially liked the son who was a hopeless romantic, pining away at a love (his babysitter) who wasn't into him but he felt that if he was persistent enough, he would eventually win her heart. Then there are his parents played by Julianne Moore and Steve Carell: high school sweethearts, married young, grew apart, the mother cheated, the father changed into someone he didn't recognize all in an effort in dealing with a betrayal of trust and loyalty in the relationship and an impending divorce. Also, rounding out the story is Ryan Gosling's character, a gigolo who preys on women's weaknesses to get them into bed and the person who changes Steve Carell's character into an older version of himself. However, when Ryan Gosling's character meets "the one" who turns out to be the daughter of Steve Carell's character, it becomes an interesting twist as to whether there would be any true trust in that relationship.
Overall, it was good to see that people can indeed change their ways (Ryan Gosling's character) and that true love could possibly conquer all through forgiveness and going back to the basics of how they fell in love (Julianne Moore's/Steve Carell's characters).
I enjoyed the movie although there were times when I felt that a few scenes dragged a bit. Anyway, I would give it two thumbs up!