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I loved this movie. It was funny, sweet, heartfelt and showed character growth and maturity. I love Steve Carell and he does an amazing job as per usual. Ryan Gosling's character's transformation was amazing. Julianne Moore's character did a great job showing the difficulties and how confusing love and marriage can be sometimes. Emma Stone was sweet, funny, cute and did a great job. The young son of Steve Carell was heartfelt, adorable and really added to the movie. The ending actually surprised me, not sure if it was just me but I am never usually surprised in romantic comedies. Nothing too sappy, nothing too inappropriate or raunchy. The movie was almost 2 hours long but did not feel like it. For a large cast they pulled all the characters together very well. The character's stories are realistic making it a great movie. Not a chick flick just for women, Gosling and Carell's character's relationship is funny for all. This is a great movie for anyone to watch and portrays how crazy people really are when they are in love.
Middle aged Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is stuck in a marriage that is
doing OK but has little gas left in the tank to overcome the next hill.
When at dinner, Cal asks what his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) would really like, she asks for a divorce, just as he plumps for the safe choice, Creme Brulee.
The film pulls no punches when it comes to the break up and Carrell proves again he can act and conveys real pain in the enforced silence and awkward moments after the initial bombshell. Top tip, always lock the car doors when relaying bad news.
Hanging out at a pick up bar, he comes to the attention of Uber smooth guy in the form of Jacob (Ryan Gosling), the sort of guy who could pick up chicks even without his designer shades, clothes and moves. Taking pity on the newcomer, after hearing once too often about Emily's new lover, he decides to provide him with a makeover.
We have the usual movie montage of designer shopping, Jacob advises "be better than Gap" whilst imparting tips and tricks to enable Cal to score, and once he gets going, he certainly puts some runs on the board. Kate (Marisa Tomei) opening the flood gates and Cal gets swept along on a wave of opportunity. This sounds rather tacky and tasteless but it is done with such charm and intelligence, that all can be forgiven. Gosling surprises with a light comedy touch and Carrel's funny bone credentials are already proved, here toning it down to ordinary man level and is all the more effective for it.
Kevin Bacon plays the office person of interest for Emily and perhaps gets the best line in the film. Emma Stone continues to add to her growing resume, rebounding off her on screen wet rag of a boyfriend by bewitching ladies man Jacob, after a charming drunken date, which then leads the screenplay into unexpected directions.
All the cast do good work even down to the love struck thirteen year old son (Jacob Bobo), complete with odd haircut and a hopeless unrequited crush on his babysitter (Analeigh Tipton). At times resembling a french farce, this is spirited, amusing self aware cinema with a great script. But also has time for poignant quiet scenes, notably the remote relighting of the boiler, which mark the as film as well above average.
Nobody is really bad. Selfish and self absorbed they maybe but the ensemble have reasons to act in the way they do and in a welcome change, unnecessarily hurting people is not on the agenda. You care about the characters and they get a chance to breathe, grow and change, so not your usual teenage sex comedy at all.
A great comedy, full of charm, intelligence, humour and unexpected twists and turns.
Highly recommended and yes, a romantic comedy that even boys can enjoy.
Crazy Stupid Love is with no doubts the best (modern) rom-com ever and
it's without doubts, my seventh favorite movie and I'm not a fan of
romance movies. Let me tell you why I loved it, first of all, it
doesn't include those Hollywood cliché, what makes it an original
movie, the plot was amazingly written, it had a few genius twists and
every single part of it was fantastic. The cast was fantastic, it
included one of my favorite actors, Steve Carell, who was just amazing
here, It included Ryan Gosling, his great performance was worthy of a
Golden Globe nomination. It included Julianne Moore, who was just okay
here. It included Emma Stone, who was amazing here. And the cast also
included Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. The soundtrack was amazing and
the rest was also amazing. Sow, as you can see, so far, I didn't said
there was something bad about this movie, for one simple reason, there
isn't, what leaves me able to say that Crazy Stupid Love is a perfect
film. Sow, men, women, movie lovers, you all should watch Crazy Stupid
Love, it is a rom-com surprisingly cliché-free, it knew how to separate
the romance from the hilarious comedy and providing you a fantastic
movie with a few touching moments and a few hilarious moments. Watch it
right not if you haven't, it's the best (rom-) comedy I've seen since
Horrible Bosses, it's worth watching it more than twice because all of
the viewings will be an amazing waste of time, a waste of air by the
big quantity of jokes and a waste of tears, at least for girls, not for
Crazy Stupid Love: *****
10/10: Sow, Crazy Stupid Love is one of the first rom-com's that can be recommended for men and women and it's clear that everybody will love it, I mean, I'm a man and I consider Crazy Stupid Love one of the 10 best movies ever made.
Well i saw Crazy, Stupid, Love wasn't expecting much but this movie is
so funny. I always had liked Steve Carell for his funny acts but in
this movie his funny and emotional both and i really like it. Ryan
Gosling at its best. I didn't liked much his Drive movie but in this he
is awesome, cool and funny too. Emma Stone the cute and cuddly though
sexy has given good performance. Jonah Bobo as Steve Carell's son in
this has his own issues of love.
This movie is related among some characters who are tit-tat related to each other. One of the ending scene is seriously funny.
You should definitely watch it.......
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Steve Carrell's funny. Ryan Gosling is funny. Julianne Moore and Emma
Stone are funny.
Everyone's funny and sweet in this movie, and this is why it carries you away and makes you ignore some flaws and mishandling of social taboo.
I can't help but notice that the male characters evolve much more creatively than the female ones. Steve Carell's and Ryan Gosling's journeys are heartfelt, and the adolescent Jonah Bobo's would be also, but the fact that a 13 year old acts as the moral voice for the movie at the top of his simplistic and naive worldview is a detriment to the overall message.
At the end, Carell tries to find the answer, and the movie wants you to believe that Bobo and Carell learned their lessons, but they really quite didn't. The flaws that set the plot in motion and creates the whole distress they have to overcome are creatively dismissed at the end by the female characters, who welcome their female parts with open arms. Only Gosling's character manages to deeply transform.
Speaking of which, the female characters lack a story arc. They begin and end the movie the same way, as if they were just waiting for the male characters to do their thing and come back to their arms, no matter what shape the dudes end with. The females lose voice altogether as the plot unfolds. Although all of them start with vision, decision, passions and shortcomings, they freeze as if a picture was taken at the beginning and it was maintained for the rest of the story.
To put it in another reviewer's words, it is patronizing to women in general. The overly patriarchal stance envelops many of the character dynamics, even though I truly felt the male characters were specifically designed to break the stereotype and add layers of depth to the male figure of our society. It can't be said that the same depth was successful for the female ones, so the final moral lesson was left limping on one of its halves.
I still scored this a 7 because the sweetness and humour are incredibly strong and well knit. If you're conservative, you'll probably enjoy a 9 experience.
Lets get one thing straight. I hate(d) pretty much all of the actors in
this movie. When my wife told my that she wanted to watch this, I
simply said 'Sure' without even viewing the trailer or at the very
least the box-cover like I normally always do.
What ensued was perhaps the most entertaining and maybe even slightly life changing 2 hours I have had in my life.
I'm 20 years old, this is a movie about a bunch of people in their 40's. But I can relate to just about everything that happens in this movie.
Steve Carell was probably my least favourite actor in terms of 'comedy' and to throw him in a romance, I would have said that you had chosen the worst man possible. I probably would have told you that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be a better choice. Ever since I watched 'The Office' I had nothing to say about Steve Carell... but after seeing this movie I truly realised that some people really can play more than 1 role.
Then we have Julianne Moore, who, after I saw 'Chloe' I put her at the top of my 'I never want to see a movie with her in it again' list.
It's hard to describe this movie. It's long, very long. I hear you say "It's only 2 hours" but the amount of teeny tiny little details that you're fed in those 2 hours is insane. Not to mention the lengthy amount of easily digestible and highly entertaining character development.
This movie is funny, it's sad, it's predictable, it's completely unpredictable and it's got the most entertaining 10 minute scene I have ever, ever, ever watched in my life.
If you had told me that I would enjoy this movie even more than 'Up in the Air' and THAT! is saying something. I would have told you "Is that err.. before or AFTER I win the lottery and single handedly find a cure for cancer?" I am too stupid to explain this movie to anyone. But one thing I can say for sure, this movie does not overdo 'it' in the slightest. Though I don't know what exactly 'it' is, 'it' is just that and this movie has 'it' and the perfect amount of it.
You will enjoy this movie. This is one movie that deserves to be watched and I can't say that about many movies I have seen.
11 out of 10.
The title for this film is a solid choice: CRAZY, STUPID LOVE is.
Thought he reviewers and the general public alike seem to rank this as
one of the greatest films of the decade, for some other viewers this
seems tired and trite and a faux showcase for some excellent actors to
overcome a tawdry story. Writer Dan Fogelman (Cars, Cars 2, Tangled,
Bolt, Fred Claus, etc) may be taking a step up form his previous work
and that is a good sign, but when directors Glenn Ficarra and John
Requa have shown their sensitivity in the much maligned if not sadly
ignored treasure 'I Love You, Philip Morris' it feels odd they should
go for this script.
Difficult to classify as a Romance or Comedy or Drama the film falls into the familiar category of a RomCom. Opening a film with an embarrassingly public announcement of a marriage dissolution over a wife's infidelity and dissatisfaction with her nerdy but good father/provider husband this story embraces about every situation about falling in and out of 'love' imaginable. The idea of a monogamous clueless husband being 'changed' by a smooth talking, much bedded lothario isn't new nor is the 'finally met his match' idea fresh. The manner in which the children of the couple respond with their own needs and damaged outlooks on relationships works OK, but the manner in which the in the process of divorcing couple work through their problems holds a mirror up to today's marriages. The stories surround us in everyday life: the film merely magnifies them.
It is always amazing when the marquee boasts the names of some of our more interesting actors as being involved: Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, et al deliver what they can. The 'star' is Steve Carell according to the script, and you have to like the caricatures he creates to relate to him here. There are some fine turns in cameos by Emma Stone, young Jonah Bobo, and Liz Lapira; when they are on screen the film lightens up. But in the end it is a two hour formulaic condensed television series type story. And yet the Bravos form the audience must mean there is a craving for this type movie.
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I had absolutely no clue what the movie was going to be about, didn't
even see any trailers of it. The title gave me the impression that it
was another one of those mosaic movies ala Love Actually, but it's not.
The movie revolves around just two guys - Cal and Jacob. Mostly Cal,
I enjoyed it immensely, most especially the twists and the hilarious scenes. There was also a moment when a tear trickled down my cheek. I also couldn't believe that I did not recognize Josh Groban in the film. As I was watching it I was thinking, that guy is so familiar. Which film is he from? Turns out he's not from a film, because this is his first one (Though he has done some spots on TV, like Ally McBeal and Glee. Had no trouble recognizing him in those.) I didn't recognize him without his huge curly mane. I therefore conclude that hair has a huge impact on a person's appearance.
And now that we got that out of the way, on to the spoilers.
The story goes: Cal is out on a date with his wife of 25 years when she blurts out that she wants a divorce at the exact same time that he says he wants creme brulee. When she admits that she slept with another guy, he begs for her to stop talking and jumps out of their moving car when she rambles on.
He moves out of their house and frequents a bar, blurting his miserable story out to anyone and everyone who would listen. Jacob, an expert ladies man, sees him and pities him, offering to help Cal find the manhood that he lost and vowing that his ex wife will rue the day that she gave up on him. He gives Cal a total makeover from his shoes down to his wallet (which had an annoying velcro opening that made a ripping noise every time he opened it). He then brings Cal along on all his bar conquests that end up with him bringing ladies home to bed. In time, Cal is ready and manages such a personality overhaul that he mirrors Jacob's success, enough to bed nine different women, when so far he had slept with only one woman in his entire life; his wife had been his teenage sweetheart.
He sees his wife again during their son's parent-teacher conference and this is also when the first major twist happens - turns out their son's teacher was the first girl he hooked up with. And there goes his chance to get back together with his "soul mate."
Meanwhile, Jacob is in bar moving in on another conquest when a rain-drenched Hannah who had previously rejected his advances swoops in and kisses him. Hannah had just come from a celebration where she thought her boyfriend (who is Josh Groban whom I didn't recognize as I mentioned earlier) was going to propose to her but it turns out he was just going to offer her a job in his law firm. Her anger with him had propelled her to do something crazy. She lets Jacob take her to his place so that she could "bang" the hot guy who hit on her at the bar. She nervously asks him to take off his top and when she sets eyes on his abs, she goes, "F***! It's like you're photoshopped!" When he asks her to take her own clothes off, she asks if they could dim the lights. They finally make it to the bedroom but as he is kissing her, she starts asking funny questions and they end up talking and laughing the entire night instead. This is the first time Jacob makes a personal connection with a girl, so he falls for her, and asks Cal's advice on what to do.
Cal is still in love with his wife and secretly tidies up her garden at night so she wouldn't have to ask her other guy to do it for her. While he is in one of these sessions, he catches sight of her through the window as she walks into the living room to call someone... which turns out to be him. She says that she's in the basement and needs him to guide her through something. He knows that she is lying because he could see her, but he plays along. And that's when he realizes that she also still loved him, as she was just making up excuses just so she could talk to him. This was the moment when I was so touched that a tear rolled down my cheek.
So Cal decides to follow his son's advice and fight for his soul mate, hatching a surprise for her. While he is in the middle of doing this, though, all hell breaks loose. His eldest daughter arrives with her new boyfriend who is none other than... Jacob. Both men are shocked at the revelation that Hannah is Cal's daughter. Then a friend of Cal's storms into the house looking for him because he had just seen his 17-year old daughter's naked pictures in an envelope addressed to "Cal." Cal had no clue that his kids' babysitter had been secretly in love with him while his 13-year old son was in love with her. Then the guy that Cal's wife cheated on him with shows up as well, and all the men end up trying to beat each other up. This was a laugh out loud scene.
Everything works out well in the end, though. Love for the win! :)
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.
A shockingly intelligent, adult romantic comedy. Steve Carell, in his best film role, stars as a man whose wife (Julianne Moore) admits to having an affair. She also wants a divorce. After a couple of nights of loud whining at a bar, super-stud Ryan Gosling decides to teach Carell how to be a man - that is, pick up women. And it works! But that only seems to ruin Carell's life more in the long run. Meanwhile, Gosling, always the cool cat, falls for the one girl who is too smart for his schtick, Emma Stone. Stone is the best thing about the movie. She's so utterly charming and intelligent. She can elevate a mediocre movie like Easy A. In an already good movie like this one, she raises it to a whole other level whenever she's on screen. I also loved the subplot about Carell and Moore's son, Jonah Bobo, and his crush on his four years-older babysitter (Analeigh Tipton), who herself has a crush on Carell. The film also co-stars Marissa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, John Carroll Lynch and Beth Littleford (Carell's real-life wife). About the only thing I didn't like in the film: Stone's sassy Asian friend (Melissa Tang), who apparently has no sex life of her own. Apparently we've moved away from the gay best friend stereotype and moved into the Asian best friend. But besides that one tiny element, we really don't get that many comedies with this level of writing. It's a gem.
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