Doesn't it seem almost counter-intuitive to think that a handsome wingman could help step up a nerdy man's game? After all, wouldn't there be a risk of losing all ladies to the hunk by your side? Particularly in the case of Carell and Gosling in the slated-for-July release 'Crazy, Stupid Love.' Wouldn't any woman who falls into their path be distracted by a) Gosling's perfectly coiffed 'do and rock hard abs and b) wondering what the heck these two are doing hanging out with each other?
Of course, there's a perfectly reasonable back-story that explains how the unlikely duo wound up on the prowl together. Carell's character Cal is heartbroken when his wife (Julianne Moore) wants a divorce, and he meets Gosling's character, Jacob, during a painfully awkward night out at a local bar. (Because really, what hot young bachelor doesn't want a dorky 40-something dad to pick up chicks with?)
Jacob the player doles out some much-needed advice on fashion, flirting and winning over women to nerdy Cal. Meanwhile, Jacob finds himself unexpectedly pining after a nice young lady (played by Emma Stone). Carell's Cal isn't the first movie dork to have a cool guy show him the ropes. The suave movie wingman has certainly become a fixture in movies over the years, as evidenced by the blockbuster 'Hitch,' starring Will Smith and Kevin James as lady whisperer and apprentice, respectively.
With the 'Crazy Stupid Love' trailer out this week, what better time than now to do a rundown of my own personal top five favorite suave, handsome movie wingmen who aim to help out an awkward soul? (No, I didn't forget about 'Hitch.' He's just nowhere near this particular top five list. See paragraph above for further proof that I did not forget about him.)
1. Trent Walker (Vince Vaughn) in 'Swingers.' Everybody's favorite wingman! Really, who wouldn't want Trent by his side while cruising for beautiful babies? (As an aside, does anyone else find the 'babies' lingo in this flick mildly creepy?) Loud, cocky Trent helps sensitive pal Mike (Jon Favreau) realize that he's so money and he doesn't even know it.
2. Randall 'Pink' Floyd (Jason London) in 'Dazed and Confused.' It's nice to know not all seniors are total d--ks out to paddle your ass. Awkward freshman Mitch (Wiley Wiggins) is grateful when cool quarterback Pink takes him under his wing, giving him rides, party invites, advice and more (wink wink).
3. Jack (Mike Vogel) in 'She's Out of My League.' What a random collection of men. Dorky Kirk (Jay Baruchel) hangs out with a sweet, married overweight guy, an obnoxious loudmouth, and an incredibly handsome cool guy named Jack. Jack teaches Kirk about everything from proper man-scaping to how to not be a 'moodle' to winning your hot girlfriend back after making a total idiot of yourself in front of her parents.
4. Robbie Klaven (Andy Samberg) in 'I Love You, Man.' Robbie isn't a traditional wingman, and Peter (Paul Rudd) isn't your typical dork. While Peter has no problem winning over the ladies, he lacks a roster of solid bros. His brother Robbie gives him tips on how to meet dudes and how to have platonic man dates that aren't mistaken for romantic nights out.
5. Jack (Thomas Haden Church) in 'Sideways.' Miles (Paul Giamatti) is kind of a loser. His friend Jack is kind of a jackass, but also kind of a great wingman. He does what Miles is too chicken to do, like initiating contact and arranging dates. Plus, next to Jack's d-baggy behavior, Miles looks pretty darn appealing.
So what wingmen did we miss? Let us know in the comments.