Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon
Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins
Due Out: November 1, 2011 on Blu-ray, DVD and Ultraviolet Digital Copy
PLOT: Emily (Moore) tells Cal (Carell) she wants a divorce. Now Cal must figure out how to move on, and a ladies man (Gosling) helps by taking him under his wing.
WHO’S IT FOR? This one is a pretty big crowd pleaser. It clearly focuses on the laughs that can come from love and heartache.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. has a terribly ordinary beginning. It actually feels like it’s left over material from Date Night and Moore has been digitally inserted for Tina Fey. Then, on the drive home, during a clichéd “it’s me, not you” speech, Cal wants out. In fact, we want out. And he does it! He physically jumps out of the car!
This film is the perfect example of taking those romance and break-up moments and putting them in the perfect hands. Specifically Carell, Gosling and Stone are handed “typical” material and make it feel new and insanely addictive to watch. Not everything works. Moore is underutilized. Also, there is plenty to identify with, but having a 13-year-old never give up trying to win the heart of his babysitter wasn’t my favorite in tone and performance. With three main storylines, you’ll have a personal preference as well. It’s like a mini Love Actually. You may not love every story line, but rest assured, with Crazy, Stupid, Love. you can feel confident you’re in good, funny, romantic hands.
MOVIE SCORE: 8/10
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