REVIEW: CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE
Personally, the title of this film says it all. Love is crazy and can make you take risks some of which will make you look stupid. If you donít agree, then my friend, you havenít been in love. Cal, played by Steve Carell, has been married for over 25 years and to him itís a pretty good gig or so he thinks. But life can throw you curve balls. Julianne Moore as Emily, Calís wife, is going through a mid-life crisis. To her life has become stale. And so Cal and Emily embark on a journey of self discovery . . . just not together. The poor guy is blindsided. He thought it was still a good marriage. Itís just too much for our dear protagonist. So he does what most decent guys would do, he moves out, sulks, finds himself the nearest bar and starts to spend time there every night. Cal is pathetic. He is pathetic to watch especially for Jacob (Ryan Gosling). Jacob is a bon vivant, playboy who also frequents the same bar. The difference is Jacob hooks up night after night. Heís suave and oh so hot and sexy. After hearing Calís sob story a few times from a distance, a surprising project/friendship begins. In no time sad sack Cal has mastered the art of the hook up from my new boyfriend, oh sorry, I mean Jacob. On the other hand, just as Cal is going strong with his game, Jacob has a change of heart or letís just say he meets a game changer. You know, the grass is always greener. The married, settled guy wants to learn from the playboy and deep down the playboy would really like to settle down.
The twists and turns that occur within the different relationships in the film will catch you by surprise. There are some very funny and cute side stories that help give more life to this movie. Kevin Bacon as the ďother manĒ is sexy and adorable but you just know you donít want him to end up with the girl or wife as it may be. Marisa Tomei as one of Calís one night stands does a great job with her role . . . funny, funny stuff. There is also the sweet puppy love that Robbie (Jonah Bobo), the 13 (going on 30) year old son has for his babysitter Jessica (Analeigh Tipton). Then thereís Nana. Itís important for Cal and Emily that Nanaís feelings are taken into account regarding the possible divorce. But people, Nanaís character is a twist all itself.
The most important thing to remember is love is worth fighting for. With so many so called romantic comedies out there about one night stands, friends with benefits and such, whereís the real romance? This truly is a romantic comedy. A husband, a wife, and a family in situations where love must prevail. Go see this movie for a good laugh, for its witty repartee, for Goslingís style and hotness, but more importantly, go see it because you believe in love.
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Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writer: Dan Fogelman
Duration: 1hr 57mins
Staring: Steve Carell
Steve Carell, Denise Di Novi
Rating: PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual
content and language
Release Date: July 29, 2011
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