Grose: We need to discuss the big spoiler.
Swansburg: Yes, let's discuss! So, it's revealed toward the end of the movie that Hannah (Emma Stone) is actually Cal and Emily's grown daughter. Jacob, the Gosling-Lothario, is dating Cal's daughter! Did you see this coming?
Grose: Not even in the slightest. And I felt extra silly because I thought about half way through the movie, "Wow, Emma Stone's hair is the exact same shade as Julianne Moore's! That's weird." I did not put two and two together. Were you as surprised as I was?
Swansburg: Completely blindsided. It was the best part of the movie for me. Both the reveal and the ensuing action. Each of the characters is flabbergasted, and the result is a hilarious melee.
Grose: Agree! I loved the "fight" between Cal, Jacob, the baby-sitter's dad and David Lindhagen, the guy whom Emily cheated on Cal with. It looked more like a group hug.
Swansburg: That was really well-done. And all the women looking on in astonishment. I also just loved that Jacob went and slugged Lindhagen right off the bat. Gosling really sold Jacob's affection for Cal, even if it was never clear why he took him under his wing in the first place.
I usually think people who complain about spoilers are being babies, but it would have really affected my enjoyment of this film if I'd known this was coming.
Grose: I have a confession. I wish the movie had just ended after the fight scene.It had an entirely unnecessary last 20 minutes where Cal and Jacob are not speaking to each other because Cal can't deal with the fact that Jacob is banging his daughter.
Swansburg: I had the exact same thought. It would have kept this to 90 minutes—I know we both agree that no rom-com should be longer than that—and the movie would have gone out on a madcap highlight, sending viewers into the street gobsmacked by the twist. I wouldn't have missed anything that transpired in the last 30 minutes. Certainly not the scene when the baby-sitter bestows on 13-year-old Robbie naked photos she's taken of herself. What a bizarre, icky denouement to their nonromance!