Crazy, Stupid, Love(2011)
All-star romantic comedy from the directors of I Love You Phillip Morris.... More
Steve Carell plays straight-laced Cal, a man having trouble readjusting to single life after his wife (Julianne Moore) cheats on him and divorces. Single and desperately un-cool, Cal sulks his nights away at the local bar. That is until he meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a suave man-slapper and player, who takes Cal on as his wingman and protege. Jacob attempts to sharpen his style to get him back in the game. Also stars Marisa Tomei, Emma Stone and Kevin Bacon.Hide
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BY Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer
Well, it’s an apt title. The 'crazy' applies to the logic, which has Ryan Gosling as ladies' man Jacob. When he’s not chatting up his next conquest, he feels compelled to help Steve Carell’s Cal become a middle-aged version of himself. The 'stupid' applies to the endless parade of women willing to bed Jacob, having just met him. Perhaps writer Dan Fogelman is a wishful thinker.... More
For all its flaws, there’s still plenty to love about this ridiculous romp, elevating it from stock-standard romantic comedy into a cute Carell vehicle that combines the adolescent humiliation of American Pie and the middle-aged angst of The 40 Year-Old Virgin.
"The skin under your eyes looks like Hugh Hefner’s ball sack," is one of several cut-throat lines delivered by a newly gym-cut Gosling. "It's like you’re photoshopped," quips Emma Stone’s Hannah the first time she gets a look at his torso.
Balancing out the constant quippery is a film that tightly manoeuvres around its central theme – everyone’s troubled in love, and that love takes on many forms, from the creepy, unrequited variety, to Cal’s lack of self-love, to the heart-breaking complexities of a faltering marriage. There are fine performances from Carell and Julianne Moore as his unhappy wife, Emily. They provide a little more depth to a story that is otherwise destined to culminate in a screwball climax of epically silly proportions. It’s crazy stupid fun, in other words. With a little more heart than most.Hide
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BY Bidoism nobody
Crazy, Stupid, Love. isn't terrible, it just lets down the Crazy Love with too many moments of Stupid.Hide
BY Daphne-Carvalho superstar
Finally went to see this on 2Degree twofer day. Enjoyed the movie. It was funny, romantic, feel-good, and yes, of course has a happy ending for all concerned. Ryan Gosling's bod is indeed photoshopped and we get to see it for a few mins which is a bonus. All the characters are reasonably appealing. Funny turn by Marissa Tormei as a teacher. Recommend it all right. PS - I didn't expect "Nana" to turn out to be who it was, must be missing things in my old age!
BY Tracey-Lee wannabe
I was pleasantly surprised. Straight forward story with twists & turns of family, love, reconciliation & light heartedness. Funny in parts, but don't go in expecting the usual Carrell bloke humour. I think both sexes will enjoy, loved the Dirty Dancing scene. Would give 3*.
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