Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
  • Time: 118 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore


At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).


  • Not bad at all! A romantic comedy that gathers all the clichés and stereotypes of the genre, which is a positive thing. The acting is good, and you feel a chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is enjoyable, altough without being revolutionary.

  • For those not in tune with the world of movies, Crazy, Stupid, Love is not the sequel to the Julia Roberts vehicle Eat, Pray, Love (2010), neither is it as appalling. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, this surprising hit is one of the year’s better comedy-dramas. Coincidentally, it is also one of Steve Carell’s best performances in a long time.

    Those who expect a side-splitting, laugh-a-minute comedy will be disappointed, but they should be enlightened to discover that the film is so much more than what it seems to be stereotyped as – a cliché-ridden comedy about the ups and downs of romance.

    Crazy, Stupid, Love stars Carell as Cal, a father of three children, and married to Emily (Julianne Moore). Cal and Emily are facing a marital crisis, while their 13-year old Robbie (Jonah Bobo) has an obsessive infatuation with his babysitter. Ryan Gosling plays womanizer Jacob, who observes a sad-looking Cal in a bar and decides to teach him to rediscover his manhood.

    Jacob also has one eye on Hannah (Emma Stone), a beautiful girl who falls for him after initially snubbing him. As you will see, these characters are related to one another at some level, and it makes for an interesting watch to see how situations unfold for them.

    And indeed they unfold to a well-written script by Dan Fogelman (Cars, 2006; Tangled, 2010) that is a satisfying balance of wit, humor, and drama. One of the most emotionally resonating scenes, at least in the context of this film, centers on a graduation speech. Its significance is heightened after what we have seen prior to it – a chaotic, palm-to-forehead confrontation of sorts among all parties that is the film’s only farcical highlight.

    The performances are considered outstanding for the genre, and despite some lazy use of dissolve editing in some instances that fill up unnecessary time, the cast is able to engage us for most of its two-hour runtime.

    It would be inaccurate to say that Crazy, Stupid, Love is a light-hearted film, because in essence it is quite dense in mood. You look at Carell’s face and you find yourself looking downcast. But underneath it all emerges a poignant and redemptive tone unlike other films of this sort.

    Short of giving Crazy, Stupid, Love a hearty recommendation, I feel that it is worth a look for any casual moviegoer looking to hit the theaters. Please be warned about the deceiving PG rating as there is a lot of implicit talk about sex and adolescent infatuation.

    GRADE: B+ (8/10)

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