Screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) and director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal)
team up behind the scenes of this tag-team road trip tracking an
overbearing mother (Barbra Streisand) and her son (Seth Rogen) as they
cross the country.
Rarely do foreign journalists’ brutal
criticism of American actions or policies get space or time in our
mainstream news media. That’s too bad. What passes for comment and
debate here is a pretty constipated exercise.
Cal is the latest Steve Carell iteration from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (the writing/directing combo behind 'I Love You Phillip Morris') facing his moment on the precipice. Having completed dinner with his wife Emily (Julianne Moore), he proposes that, on the count of three, they offer up the first thing that comes to mind. He's scanning dessert options; she asks for a divorce. Grade: B-.