Everything seems perfect for Cal (Steve Carell). At 40 years can boast an enviable life: has good service, a nice house, nice children and is married to his college sweetheart. That is until his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore) is cheating on him for some time and would like to divorce. Still in shock, Cal endeavors to bachelor status, but as he has not been at meetings for decades … is overstretched. Thus begins to spend evenings alone in a bar and is fortunate to be his protégé Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a young and handsome playboy who helps him to forget Emily and live their lives. But despite his efforts, he can not ignore the dictates of his heart and all roads lead him exactly where she has gone.