NPR film critic Bob Mondello says this fall's collection of losers leaves no question: "We are the weakest sex."
Before the Devil, from Hollywood legend Sidney Lumet, is a gorgeously acted film with a roller-coaster of a plot, Mondello tells The Bryant Park Project.
He also weighs in on Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling in a genuinely sweet story about a guy with an inanimate girlfriend, and the indie road-trip flick Wristcutters: A Love Story. It's a love story that unfolds in the afterlife — with a surprise second-act appearance by Tom Waits.
All this comes in the wake of The Heartbreak Kid, about a man so unable to commit that he falls for a woman he meets on his honeymoon, and Knocked Up, the summer hit about a man-child who's about to be a father — and is soooo not ready.