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Crazy, Stupid, Love was really a great RomCom. Extremely funny, has the heart melting effect and the actors and actresses were perfect for their roles. Steve Carell never disappoints along with the brilliant Ryan Gosling who is great with comedies, which we don't regularly see him in sadly. Emma Stone was as always laugh out loud funny and totally relatable towards woman, showing what woman really do think when it comes to guys, and Julianne Moore was fantastic for her depressed mid life crisis cheater, was just hilarious. All of them together plus amazing supporting cast made this movie a lovable watch. I would definitely this movie to anyone who is looking to laugh and for some fun. I would say that this movie deserves a solid 8/10
This is not an all time great in the overall category but for the ROM-com genre it really is one of the best. The difficulty with making a good ROM-com is that it is difficult to stray away form the formulaic, and this is not exactly a new type of ROM-com. This film combines a mixture of a quick and witty script, fantastic performances and a story that is actually engrossing. Cal (Steve Carell) is stumped when his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) asks for a divorce seemingly out of the blue. He goes through stages of depression until he is approached in a bar by Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a serial womaniser who takes pity on Cal and offers to spruce him up and bring back the confidence and manliness that Cal has lost over the years. This is a cliché but I really don't want to say anymore as you need to watch it basically blind (and the trailer in my opinion gave too much away). I rarely laugh out loud while watching a film and it does take quite a lot to make me laugh but I found this film absolutely hilarious and at the same time very heartfelt. This has to be accredited to, as previously mentioned, the script and acting. Steve Carell was perfect. He steered away from his typical "Steve Carell" type character in this role a lot more than usual and possessed streaks of brilliance. Julianne Moore was very good as expected. Ever since "A Single Man" the actress has been on fire. But what can you say about Ryan Gosling? He is a incredible talent who is getting bigger and bigger every year. His presence was felt throughout the film and he put in the kind of performance when you missed him when he wasn't on. Emma Stone did very well but her part was sadly too small. The youngest member of the cast put in a really memorable performance portraying first love which was both nostalgic and very funny. Seriously watch this.
So, what do I know? This movie started off very serious with Steve Carell jumping out of a car because his wife just made love to another man. Depressing start that turned into a romantic movie. Delightfully so, it also turned into a "screwball comedy" with the introduction of the Marisa Tomei character and I mean character. Carol Lombard I hope you are watching! In the end it all turns out to be a very good romantic comedy. Oh, yes! The backyard scene was superb, all of the actors and I mean all just pulled it off. Go see it! A very good movie. By the way, even though the cast is star laden it is Steve Carell's movie. And it was not his "Office" character, but a blend of Cary Grant, James Stewart, a little John Travolta and William Powell. Yes, the screwball comedy elite actors.
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Well, saw this one last week. I never go to the movies anymore b/c
there's nothing out but I love Julie and Steve so I thought I'd give
this one a try. Unfortunately, there's not enough Julie and Steve. And
if you're going to have a romantic comedy, my ONE recommendation is to
at least have the main characters make out/kiss. I'm so over these
movies where they can't even do a decent kiss at the end or no kissing
I'm positive if filmmakers that don't want to have at least one kiss with the stars of the movies, then they can take out the "romantic" designator out. They should have just called this movie "Crazy, Stupid".
Overall the kids were cute in the movie and there's a great surprise at the climax (of course no "romantic" climax - that is. lol). Well written and of course the acting is well done. Kevin Bacon is tasty addition as well.
This is a very funny movie, but it also has serious content. We see two characters, who represent two kinds of "crazy, stupid love." Jacob is constantly picking up girls at bars, taking them back to his apartment, and having sex with them. This is shown as a silly way of living when he finally meets a girl who ridicules his tactics. On the other hand, Cal has been in a marriage for 25 years and considers himself to have found his soul mate. But there seems to be no basis for why he should be together with his wife - they just reminisce and talk to fill the empty space. There are several scenes in the movie where the idea of a "soul mate" is made to sound incredibly silly. So if both these kinds of love are silly, where are we left to go? Is there any kind of love that is not silly? Perhaps the relationship between Jacob and the girl who ridicules him shows some way forward. They both seem to be happy, at least. Their secret seems to be that they have found something novel. Is novelty the way forward?
There's a sad routine going on with romantic comedies nowadays. Bad
ones, like "Life as We Know It", enjoy a wide release and a fat box
office, while good ones, like "Flipped", remain unknown to many. But
then, to our surprise, we are introduced to "Crazy, Stupid, Love". Here
is a romantic comedy written with intelligence, driven by its story,
and delivered with actors who are both competent and charming. And,
what do you know, people actually know about it.
The movie is about a set of individuals who have, in their own personal way, lost track of true love. A few of them may have never even experienced it in the first place, but their story is about how they get there. Let me tell you about them real quick. Cal and Emily Weaver (Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore) are a middle-aged couple whose marriage has hit a major bump. Emily has confessed to being guilty with adultery, and is now requesting for a divorce.
Cal, in obvious shock, is swift to break the news to his children. Most affected is 13-year-old Robbie, who is in the middle of his quest of winning the heart of his 17-year-old baby sitter, Jessica. Kids, at the height of their hormones, can be relentless in their romantic pursuits. There is a lot of comedy between their encounters.
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Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) starts struggling with life when his wife of
over 20 years Emily Weaver (Julianne Moore) wants a divorce. When he
meets Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) at a club however, he starts to look
at life in a whole different way.
Crazy, stupid, love is crazy. It's also diverse, humorous, contains tremendous comedy performances and is superbly written. Starting off with a wonderful scene between Moore and Craell the tone is set for a bittersweet tongue in cheek lash out loud comedy drama. This is wonderfully balanced, taking into account Cal's emotional dilemma and the conflicting decisions of his wife.
Steve Carell, renowned for his more slapstick style of humour expands into a great main role in this film, playing a dramatic styled performance but giving the grown ups some great one liners. After he gets over his first hurdle there is a scene where he walks into the pub, like he is the king of the world. This is fantastic and you will be smiling, pure comic timing genius.
Julianne Moore fits her role well as well, playing off the other characters with ease and necessity.
But Ryan Gosling is the real star of this 2011 picture. His bravado out for himself protagonist is cocky, is arrogant is whatever negative adjective you want to use. And yet he manages to seduce every woman he sees, making him the envy of everyman and the eve candy for every woman. This film for me excels through its drama rather than the comedy. Taking into account the situations the characters find themselves involved in, the story plays out slowly, getting deep into the character's minds and expanding to deliver a pinch of comedy at the appropriate moments.
In many ways the film may have exceled more if there was more screen time for Kevin Bacon and Emma Stone. The stories involving Weaver's son and his crush is rather stretched and playing off on last ditch attempts to win one another's hearts only takes the film so far without giving the viewer anymore hope.
This story also contains some great observations on love and what it means for people of all ages and who should know what love is and how to go about proving your love from someone. Adding to the family and lustful dramas elsewhere with a couple of excellent plot line twists, Crazy, Stupid Love is a film you will definitely want to see.
I hate to pigeonhole it to the Romantic Comedy genre, but I gotta call
a spade a spade.
There's a twist though.
This is no 'boy meets girl' story of magical romance with cheap laughs thrown in. Crazy Stupid Love packs a tightly written script along with some great performances. Obviously, there are plenty of 'only in the movies' moments. The quirky parts also tend to miss the authenticity mark, but the laughs don't always come when you'd expect either.
I liked the fighting for love theme. It provides a reminder to all those who watch traditional Ro-Cos and might idealize those stories, that this is a much more likely ending -or rather, that we don't really know the ending nor do we ever find the perfect love, but nonetheless, it's still worth fighting for. That was nice to see in a Hollywood film.
The gloss is there, but there is something more for those of us who look for that kind of thing in film. It's a well made film and I enjoyed it.
Well, it's certainly not your average romantic comedy. Like other films
of similar genre, though, it was still clichéd. I wouldn't find this
among the Hollywood cheese, but I wouldn't find it as a classic. It
still had that small spark that let it down, which I appreciate because
it wasn't major, and it didn't try too hard to be funny. In fact, this
film was pretty relaxed and like people say, the unabashed humour just
made it a feel-good as well as a romantic comedy.
I loved the actors who played their characters, I like Steve Carell for his dry humour, Ryan Gosling was supposed to be the lady-killer who was actually quite funny, but I wasn't as attracted to him as much as the rest of the characters. As well as Emma Stone, I really enjoyed Kevin Bacon's little role I mean, who can get more awesome than him, especially with just such an awesome name?
I was right, this is a great ensemble of characters, it was extremely funny, and because of the shameless (quite) realistic portrayal of how love works, this wasn't your usual romantic comedy from Hollywood. It was crazy, unashamedly stupid, and it was certainly love.
Cal Weaver (Steve Carrell) is happy in his marriage and dotes on his
two children. Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) is dedicated to the pursuit
of one-night stands with beautiful women. And Hannah (Emma Stone) is a
soon-to-be lawyer in love with a man who her best friend believes is
beneath her but who Hannah (Stone) is genuinely hoping will propose.
But Weaver (Carrell) is blindsided when his wife of more than 20 years,
(played by Julianne Moore) confesses she's been unfaithful and wants a
We soon find Cal Weaver living in an apartment spending an inordinate amount of time at a local pickup joint drinking heavily and repeatedly stating the particulars of his wife's infidelity to the establishment's clientele. This puts a serious crimp in Jacob's evening and so he offers his advice and services as a life coach, of sorts. Meanwhile, he's made several overtures to Hannah only to be rejected every time.
I'll admit, there are few moments where the characters find themselves in situations so embarrassing, that I can't bear to watch. That said, this is easily the best comedy I've seen this summer, and perhaps this year. Good premise, great characters, and amazing twists you do not see coming. Loved it.
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