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Review: Crazy Stupid Love

Posted October 31, 2011 by in Comedy







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Total Score

78/ 100

What We Thought

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What We Liked :

Fun Story, Relationship between Gosling and Carell

What We Disliked:

Relationships other than Gosling and Stone
Bottom Line

What’s important about Crazy, Stupid, Love is that true love does exist and its worth fighting for. That’s a message I can easily get behind.

by Max
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Crazy, Stupid, Love is the story of finding your soul mate and stopping at nothing to be with them.

The scenario of a beautiful and romantic dinner between Cal (Steve Carell) and his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore). Well it should be romantic. Highlighting the non effort on Cal’s part, with his lack of style or grace, they prepare to order their dinner. Emily announces that she has something to say and Cal hears from his wife what he didn’t see coming, that she wants a divorce.

Cal takes the news wonderfully and decides to roll out of the car on the way home. His wife wanting to a divorce is just the icing on the cake because she has admitted to having an affair with her co-worker David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). Trust me, you will remember the name David Lindhagen when Crazy, Stupid, Love ends.

The divorce comes as a shock to their young son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), who has moments earlier received a shock of his own. His babysitter Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who he secretly loves caught him masturbating. Robbie is devastated and thinks that Jessica will never return his love, but he will never give up. Unfortunately for him, Jessica has the hots for Robbie’s Dad, Cal.

If love triangles aren’t your thing then I can’t recommend this movie.

Nevertheless, Cal is out on his own, wallowing, night after night in a local bar. A fellow patron named Jacob (Ryan Gosling), knows all about Cal’s sad love story and he is willing to help Cal get his manhood back. He believes that is the number one reason that Cal’s wife left him.

The movie soars in the moments between Carell and Gosling. They play off each other with great fluidity. It would be great to see them featured together again. On the other hand, Ryan Gosling seems to captivate in every scene in appears in this film. His moments with Hannah (Emma Stone), are wonderful and woefully too short. If only more time was spent on this romance as opposed to the other two the movie would be better for it.

Crazy, Stupid, Love manages to hit all the right notes a romantic comedy should hit. It manages to mix in a little of ‘What Not to Wear’ with great relationship drama. What’s important about Crazy, Stupid, Love is that true love does exist and its worth fighting for. That’s a message I can easily get behind.


Crazy Stupid Love
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone

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    Can I firstly say that I am really liking the new theme! Is it a paid one? because it is very nice!

    I really want to like this one, but mainly because of my little 'man crush' on Gosling!!

    I enjoyed your write up too!! Thanks for putting it together


      Yeah that theme is a paid one. I really wanted a look that would highlight some of the articles. This one even comes with snazzy review system built in.

      Thanks for reading the write up. I’m kind of backed up on reviews, but I hope to get a few more out in the next few days.


    I want to rent this because I like Steve Carell a lot! Oh and Emma Stone is lovely.


      Emma Stone is in far too little of this movie. Don't expect to see a huge role from her, but she always delivers when she's on screen.


    HAHA I though I had commented on this one before!!


    This was a surprise to me. Usually not too big on romantic comedies, but this one felt fresh and had a nice twist to it. I'm a big fan of her and loved the scene with her and Gosling.


      The only thing that felt creepy was near the end when the babysitter gives (redacted for spoilers) a picture of her naked. I didn't really enjoy her character too much although it did add to the drama of the film.


    Just some real disappointing stuff here because I thought it was going to be a lot funnier and a lot more insightful. Instead it just turned out to be another schmaltzy, feel-good rom-com with a really good cast. Nice review.


    Gee, Max, if I didn't know any better I would think someone has a Ryan Gosling crush from looking at the website 😉 J/K!

    I did enjoy this movie more than I thought I would though (and I have to admit that I am a sucker for RomComs). I was praying it wouldn't turn out like Valentine's day or Love Actually (I hated both of them) with a stacked cast, but I was pleasantly surprised. Even though I felt there were times when the story line and its plot elements were somewhat contrived and formulaic, the movie redeemed itself with some refreshing familial moments and down to earth under tones (and no, I am not referring to Gosling's amazingly toned abs).

    As a romantic comedy lover I agree with Max's three-and-a-half fluttering heart beats!


      Maybe I do have a Ryan Gosling crush, what of it! LOL. Glad you enjoyed the movie. This is a rom-com that both females and males will enjoy which is difficult most of the time.

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