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Crazy, Stupid, Love 2011

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At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream--good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his perfect life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can t be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren't the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal's 13-year-old son, Robbie, is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.

Starring:
Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 47 minutes
Starring Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Director Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 28 February 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 47 minutes
Starring Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Director Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 28 February 2012
Main languages English

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Format: DVD
The story follows Steve Carrels character Cal, after his high school sweetheart wife, Emily (Julianne Moore) cheats on him and asks for a divorce. After the split, Cal spirals into depression and spends ever night drinking in a bar and complaining about Emily's infidelity to anyone who will listen. It's here he meets up with young, sexy and cool Jacob (Ryan Gosling) who offers to give him a style make-over and teach him how to be a womaniser.

Meanwhile Cal's teenage son Robbie falls in love with his babysitter Jessica and sets about proving to her that they're destined to be together in a series of embarrassing declarations of love, much to her despair.

The style of this movie is very similar to Love Actually, with lots of different story strands, all about love and relationships which intertwine at the end and in that respect it does a good job. The problem for me with this movie was just that it was so hit and miss - it bobs back and forth from some really witty, funny and original scenes (the Dirty Dancing scene) to some clichéd ones which lack authenticity (the parent/teacher conference).

One real high point of this movie for me is the acting by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, both of whom are consistently great in their roles and even better together - their chemistry on screen is wonderful. In some ways this contrasts with the awkward chemistry between Carrel and Moore, which for me just didn't ever seem "real" enough.

The movie is certainly worth watching, just be prepared for a lot of highs and lows.
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Format: DVD
This is an above average romantic comedy with an excellent cast and a few unexpected plot twists.

Steve Carrell is shocked when his wife of 25 years (Julianne Moore) tells him she wants a divorce after she has a one-night stand with a work colleague

After moving out of home he starts to drown his sorrows in local pick up joints. He is spotted by younger self-confessed Lothario played by Ryan Gosling. He uses his good looks and charm to bed almost all the women he sets his eye on. He decides to take Carrell under his wing to advise him how to make the most of his newly single status. However we do see Gosling failing with one of his targets, played by Emma Stone.

There are plenty of laughs as Carrell's character is transformed and starts getting a bit of luck with the ladies, first off with a teacher, played by Marisa Tomei. We also see how he tries to maintain a good relationship with his kids. There are a number of storylines that you know will probably all come together at some stage of the movie.

The cast members are all excellent. Stone and Carrell have shone in comedies before and are excellent again here. Moore, Gosling, Tomei and Kevin Bacon also put in excellent performances. Jonah Bobo is also excellent as Carrell's opinionated teenage son.

The writing is excellent, making us feel sympathy for the main characters, despite their faults. This helps to make the film noticeably better than the normal romcom.

So, despite a closing scene at a school graduation that is dragged out too long, I really enjoyed this movie.
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Format: DVD
Crazy, Stupid, Love opens in a restaurant, with a montage of various anonymous couples playing footsie under the tables. But when the camera cuts to the last set of feet, we can see that they're sad, lonely feet; feet whose owners have lost the spark and are about to throw in the towel. This sets the tone for the rest of the movie.

I have to admit it was the presence of Steve Carrell that made me even think about watching this film in the first place, and he does not disappoint. He plays Cal, a 40-something married man whose marriage falls apart and to some extent he simply gives up. Then Ryan Gosling takes him under his wing and teaches him how to become "a player".
After a slow start it does pick up and there are various sub-plots and layers which reminded me somewhat of an old fashioned british farce, especially when it builds to the inevitable showdown beteen all the central characters.

The chemistry betweem Gosling & Carrell appear genuine, but for me it is Carrell's world weary performance that steals the show for me. Displaying the same sort of jaded character from "Dan in real life" and "Little Miss Sunshine" he is totally believable and captures the realism of a middle aged, married man who suddenly finds himself single and back in the dating game.

The only criticsim have is the title; "Crazy Stupid Love" suggests a hilarious, wacky laugh out loud comedy and you might be expecting "Date Night". Maybe, "Clumsy, Sad Dejected Love" would be more appropriate if not as catchy.
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By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Steve Carell (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) plays Cal Weaver, a divorced guy due to his wife's (Julianne Moore - The Big Lebowski) recent indiscretions with her colleague David (Kevin Bacon). Distraught and largely clueless about the dating scene, he sits at a bar drowning his sorrows night after night until the ultra-smooth pick-up artist Jacob (Ryan Gosling -The Notebook) decides to help him to meet new women. Meanwhile, Cal's lovesick son is obsessed with his 17-year old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton - The Green Hornet), who in turn has quite an unhealthy crush on Cal himself, unbeknownst to him. While Cal finds his mojo, the remaining elements of his life wrestle with their own concept of love, often involving their feelings for him, whilst the perennial singleton Jacob falls hard for one of his conquests, Hannah (Emma Stone - Paper Man). Will things work out for anyone involved?

Whilst the premise of this film seems rather convoluted, it's remarkably easy to follow once it's laid out for you, the comedy is refreshing as it tends to steer clear of the usual set of rom-com clichés by providing functional characters that do fine in life, but wrestle with love - for instance Cal still has his job, Jessica does fine at school and Jacob is a master of his trade.
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