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So, I thought I would check out the state of the contemporary rom-com,
and this seemed like a good bet. I mean, actors like Julianne Moore,
Ryan Gosling, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, how can you go wrong?
Very,very wrong. What I got was one of the most appalling movies I have seen in a long time, a sick demented number full of crazy stalkers, that entirely endorses and promotes stalker-ish behavior. Because, you see, as long as YOU are convinced that the target is your "soul-mate," it can't be considered stalking.
Hello, Mr. Screenwriter! Have we forgotten that John Hinckley was fully convinced that Jodie Foster was his soul-mate? We know how that turned out, correct?
Ah, well, I guess we don't. So keep on pursuing your "romantic" thesis, and thanks for the details on 13-year-old boys masturbating and 17-year-old girls taking nude pictures of themselves. You are keeping it real and contemporary!
By the way, the answer to the burning question, What kind of dad hangs out at the same singles bars as his offspring? is, Creepy-as-Hell Dad!
Apart from pointing out the descent into the moral pit that this movie represents, I must also ruefully report that there is nothing of any aesthetic interest or pleasure here. No sprightliness, no style, no charm, not even such as might show up in the service of an entirely misguided plot. Not a single shot worth looking at, not a single line worth listening to. The characters are utterly boring, contourless screenwriter creations - no interests, no hobbies, no thoughts worth sharing, nada. No actors no matter how good could do anything with this material.
Steve Carell certainly cannot convince us that he could suddenly become a swingin' SoCal ladies' man, effortlessly picking up women half his age - and again, given the third act revelation here, it's a big yuck that he would want to.
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I am always amazed that such gifted actors such as Moore and Gosling, would stoop to even consider a part in this kind of banal, boring, empty and childish rubbish. The script is atrocious too. I can kind of understand Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei doing it, as they were really actors of the 80's and 90's and probably need the cash but all in all, it is a movie experience for people who do not want to bother to think. There is zero depth in this film so be warned. The story is about a couple who divorce and then the man who is played by Carel (and this is no stretch for him)is basically a type cast from the 40 Year Old Virgin days, with only one relationship in his life. He goes to a bar and a playboy , performed by Gosling, decides to teach him how to pick up women. At this point the film degenerates into sexist drivel and again puts women on the level of eye candy and casual sex nymphomaniacs; only there for the pleasure of men. This kind of script went out in the 1970's in case anyone isn't noticing. It is a poisonous little film because it carries all the neurosis of contemporary society wrapped up in stupid jokes that would entice a teenage boy at age 15. Avoid at all costs. I do not respect actors who make this kind of tripe.
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I went to see this upon reading the cast members...Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, wow. But what a waste of talent for these people, and a waste of time for me as well. The story felt very sloppy, and the characters were bland as a result. Steve Carell's role reminded me of his role in "40-yr-old virgin": nerdy middle-age guy with little sexual experience. Sure he managed to be funny at parts but talk about typecast! Ryan Gosling's role meant to be a muscular dandy but came off as border-line homosexual. His upper body seemed to occupy an unhealthy amount of screen time. And one scene they put Steve Carell's face right on Ryan Gosling's groin area-what the hell was that all about? Oh and the whole thing about the 17-yr-old babysitter taking naked photos of herself for Cal(Steve Carell)-what?? How's that funny? It's rather disturbing! Julianne Moore's performance was kind of generic and I couldn't take one more shot of her teary, blank stare. And I also thought their kid (Jonah Bobo) was horrid! His character was the most painful to watch, following by Emma Stone. My! What a terrible actress. The total lack of depth of the film was astounding. Please can someone tell me what's the point of the story? I mean, really. I think it was made for people that are grown up on the outside but still 8-yr-olds on the inside. For the real grown-ups, it might leave a bad taste in your mouth, so be warned.
Romantic comedies aren't usually my kind of thing but I thought this
film was great. The cast is strong (Gosling, Stone, Carell) which is
the main reason I chose to watch this film. It is quite a long film but
the plot is really clever. There is plenty of different things going on
in the film and the way it all gets linked together is brilliant and
certainly something I did't see coming.
There are some genuine laugh out loud moments and the film is straight to the point. The cast is great and all work together well, the plot is fresh and clever and it really was one of the best romantic comedies I have seen (haven't seen many but still) - Would recommend this film to anyone.
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.
i really like Juliana Moore she is pretty and so is Emma stone she is so i don't know there is just something about her and then Marissa tome is also really pretty. I don't usually like romantic comedies but this kind of wasn't it reminded me a little of 40 year virgin only better because it gave perspective of younger people and the older. if this is a twist and you haven't watch don't read more i didn't know until it happened in the movie Emma stone is Steve carrels daughter. that scene to follow made me laugh it was great. it got me to thinking to about dating and stuff and i can kind of relate. maybe you have to connect with the characters or find them attractive i don't know but coming from a 28 year old male i liked it and would watch it again
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