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Crazy stupid love is a romantic movie. But it is also a comedy. The story : Emily announces to her husband Cal that they must get a divorce. Cal accept it, moves out of the house and every night visits the same bar and speaks of his story. There he will meet Jacob, a rich attractive man who will teach Cal how to date women (one night stand usually). However Cal is still in love with Emily. The movie has lots of twists, giving the audience enough to satisfy them and keep them entertained till the end. Very funny and clever dialogs keep the interest high. The actors are great each one at presenting a different character quite convincing. All in all a great movie about relationships and love.
A huge cast (Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei) struggles mightily with a glib, pre-fab screenplay by Dan Fogelman, packed with awkward situations that go nowhere. Each character seems to be prepared to espouse platitudes with the utmost sincerity any time the script deems them appropriate, even if credibility suffers, which it almost always does. With the exceptions of the agreeably smooth Gosling and the warm and witty Stone, everyone has done better work: they seem lost in all the talk; Carell, in particular, alters between cowering and manic but always just happens to be articulate enough to hammer home the literal points Fogelman is intent on making. Overlong and unengaging.
First I want to say I do not know how I barely even heard of this movie
when it came out. It has a who's who list of A-list actors/actresses
and yet I don't remember it getting much press. Well onto how great
this movie was. This is a Steve Carell vehicle but all the actors give
really wonderful performances, really small parts for some big actors
Marissa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon, but they do well with a little screen
time. Julianne Moore is as wonderful as ever. And as my title indicates
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone really sizzle together. I watched the their
movies in reverse but they were very good in this movie and Gangster
Squad earlier this year. and kudos to the youngsters in the movie they
were well played and very believable.
This movie was equally well written and directed. It moves along at a nice pace, there is almost no moment in the movie that left me a little bored or thinking of what I was going to have for dinner. There are moments that will tug at your heart strings, and there are outright laugh out loud moments, plenty of both actually.
Even if you don't like romantic comedies, watch this movie, it's probably the best of it's genre in years.
Crazy Stupid Love is a fantastic movie with a really well put together
storyline with a very talented cast both in a dramatic and comedic
way.I was very pleasantly surprised with this movie,I thought it was
going to be a complete cliché romantic comedy and only wanted to watch
it because I am a fan of Steve Carell and Emma Stone,but it was very
much,much better than what you would usually suspect in a romantic
comedy,its a lot more serious and has very little cliché and a lot of
unique situations you wouldn't see in other movies and one very
unexpected scenes.The moment I realized that this movie was really good
was in the scene when we discover that twist,which I won't mention for
those that have yet to see this movie,is discovered and all the other
romantic situations are thrown together in to one scene,it was really
interesting to see how much these characters messed up and that see
really just blew me away,its hard to describe how clever this scene
is,but you'll know if you see this movie.I would highly recommend Crazy
Stupid Love to all fans of drama and comedy,and to fans of Steve
Carell,in one of his finest performances,I always liked him,but never
knew he could act so well in such a serious role.
Cal (Steve Carell) seeks help from Jacob (Ryan Gosling) on how to pick up women when his wife leaves him after being married for many years.Jacob is a womanizer but soon thinks he may have found really love when he meets Hannah (Emma Stone).
Crazy, Stupid, Love is almost a brilliant film, but it misses the mark
so heavily on one of its main elements that is is dragged down into the
mud. To it credit it does the 'Com' bit fantastically, Steve Carell
plays the awkward 40-something part brilliantly, as he does whenever he
is cast in this role. He is a pleasure to watch and this movie would be
lost without him. Gosling is even pretty watchable, and at times funny,
his character has little depth however, and the parts of the film that
are emotional or romantic he fails to put any real feeling into his
The films biggest flaw is its women, I am not one to shout the feminist agenda from the rooftops but you get the feeling the Writers had a complete contempt for the female sex. Moore sometimes emerges from these shackles and you start to emphasise with her character but mostly she is the cause of the breakup and has little on screen time with her family. Emma Stones character is simply awful, and her friend in the film played by Liza Lapira is downright sickening. If we take one thing away from this film it is that if a woman is better looking than her partner he better know it, and he better know that he is lucky to have her. It is such a pathetic and shallow view of love an relationships and it jibes so sharply with the message this film thinks its trying to communicate that it not only taints the film but destroys it. As if this wasn't bas enough Stones character for the rest of the film goes from mish-mash-crazy to completely uninvolved, its a real shame.
The film still has its laugh-out-loud moments, and some great writing, but it cant recover from its fatal flaws.
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Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of those movies I can watch over and over again and never get bored of it. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have great on-screen chemistry and it shines through in this movie. Although the story line is somewhat predictable with the bad-boy- changes-his-ways-because-of-a-girl and the typical the-babysitter's-in-love-with-the-father storyline, it's nice to see the development of the characters through their hilarious experiences. I'm not the biggest fan of romantic comedies but Crazy, Stupid, Love is definitely an exception. I always picture Steve Carell to be one of those awkwardly funny comedians because of The 40-Year Old Virgin and The Office, but his role in this movie opened up a new perspective. He still has his Steve Carell charm but brings in a new side of him as a man who has been broken by the love of his life. I have a newfound love for him after this movie. There's a lot going on with the plot of the story but it's easy to follow and I was never left uninterested. Good job!
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Liked this movie a lot. Thought Ryan Gosling's chest was great and his suave way of dressing was ace. I loved the Dirty Dancing scene with Emma Stone and the banter when they first met. My main beef is about the little boy Robbie: I assume he is meant to be portrayed as cute and winning because he doesn't give up on true love but really he is a serial killer in waiting - completely creepy and a total stalker. Never blinks, masturbating to her, telling her every five seconds. In real life the girl should be disgusted and freaked out - especially given her age. The movie just lost it for me when Jessica (the pretty teenager who is the object of little Robbie's unceasing desire) gave the little creep naked photos of herself. It's meant to be touching and kind I guess but it's not - it's just wrong. Anyway, moving on... the movie is excellent - there is lots of humour and pathos. Emma Stone is excellent in everything she does. Steve Carell was amusing and engaging and sympathetic. Another qualm is that there was nothing that interesting about Julianne Moore's character. The movie didn't explore her midlife crisis if that's what it was. It was pretty shallow - it seemed like she decided not to go for Kevin Bacon because he loved sushi and she didn't (or words to that effect). She seemed like an object between the two guys rather than a real woman. It's not a feminist movie by any means - at one point Steve Carell's character says to Kevin Bacon's "She's all yours" and I would have loved for Julianne Moore to tell them she was nobody's. Anyway, a fun and well made, fairly clever movie - with flaws - and not so lovable ones.
Like so many other movies I have seen, it started out great but ended weak. Gosling was perfect in his role and Carell was hilarious as always. Emma Stone was also very good, and crazy hot. The problem I had was that the situations between everyone became more unbelievable as the movie went on. But those situations, while not great, weren't terrible either. The one thing I did have a major issue with was the son. Every time I saw him I wanted to slap him and shave his head. Maybe that is a little cruel for a child that can't act to save his life and has an absurd haircut, but whatever. Still, if the movie had wrapped up nicely it would have all been worth it. But the speech at the end went from dumb to just plain ridiculous. And if what's her face's dad was mad before, I wonder how he will react to being the father of a registered sex offender. You know, the polaroid deal. I mean, seriously!?!?!
Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore) have been married for 25 years. Emily
asks for a divorce, revealing that she's been unfaithful. Unable to
work out how to be successfully single, Cal meets Jacob (Gosling) in a
bar. Jacob takes him under his wing and shows Cal how to successfully
pick up women. Jacob is a top gun Lothario and is willing to share his
secrets. Cal becomes a great student, thus reclaiming his 'lost
Eventually, however, Jacob meets the girl that makes him want to change his ways (Hannah, played by Stone), leaving Cal to negotiate the womanizing scene solo. Typically it all falls apart as true love dominates over casual sex.
I love Emma Stone she and Julianne Moore made this movie likable. There is an element of the bromance in this flick as Cal and Jacob develop a relationship. There are love interests all over the shop which are supposed to tie in together, but the major criticism that I have of this movie is that they didn't fit together smoothly.
Apart from this, there is a lot of humor and great 'bit' parts. This is definitely one of the better romantic comedies of 2011.
I just ended up writing a review on Silver Linings Playbook and I know this review on Crazy, Stupid Love comes a little late, but guess what? There's no problem, it's probably new for many people and just made sense for me to review this two movies right now (probably because I wasn't very nice with SLP and I felt like showing that I'm not a Romance/Comedy/Dramas hater) . This movie really worked for me! It has the funny parts, the more sad ones that make you wonder and the regular ones that just brings you into the characters world. In CSL you get why they're doing what they're doing, you get compassion with them and you route for some situations. The best is that the movie occurs in a natural way and yes, in the end sort of goes the happy ending stuff to everyone but not so much in the obvious way that we're used to and in a way that you realize that is not the end. It is like it was you're life and you know life doesn't just end when you get want you want: there's more to it and CSL shows there's more to it after marriage, after kids, after our first love, after things going really bad. All of this with a funny touch and a modern way of seeing romance (nothing like Romeo and Juliet big drama/passion).
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