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, Emma Stone
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Crazy, Stupid, Love

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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 April 2014
Format: DVD
Romantic comedies always seem to be disappointing - perhaps it's because you really hope it's going to be enjoyable escapism, but then it nearly always turns out to be paper-thin. Crazy Stupid Love fits this description, really - about a set of paper cutouts, even if the actors can't be faulted - the paper-thinness starts with the script. Clearly it is difficult to give a sense of depth when you are trying above all to be entertaining, but some scripts manage it ... This one may be quite sharp, but it is unconvincing in most scenes and nothing feels real. There is one scene of surreal mayhem in a garden that is effectively out of control, and Julianne Moore has her moments, the film tapping into her extreme loveliness at certain points, particularly the last scene. I also thought Ryan Gosling rather similar on the male side - really very appealing. At one point a girl asks him if his physique has been photoshopped, whch was neatly ironic. The film uses modern technology a good deal - mobiles, selfies all play a role in revealing character and subtle lying which you don't condemn the character for. It does have a truth at its heart which has to do with the double standard people may have as people in themselves as opposed to being parents; perhaps it's inevitable up to a point. The film turns a few neat arabesques around this theme. Steve Carell is good in the lead, but it is too contrived, the story is too bent into the shape the writers want to give it (a sentimental one), it can be quite cutesy, and is hampered by a fairly flat soundtrack. It also has no visual depth or interest apart from the beauty of the actors already mentioned, no sense of lives beyond the immediate frame. Perhaps none of this would have mattered so much if it had been funnier, but much of it raises a smile at most. Marisa Tomei actually lifts it in the comic stakes when she appears about halfway through, but her role is quite small.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
As comedies go, I think this is probably one of the better ones you will see this year.

Steve Carell plays Cal, a husband who splits from his high school sweetheart, played by Julianne Moore, after she cheats. Hanging out in single bars every nights he sees this ladies man played by Ryan Gosling successfully pick up numerous women, while he says out loud to anyone who will listen, 'my wife cheated on me with xxxx.'

Meanwhile his teenage son has the hots for his babysitter, while the babysitter crushes on Cal. We have 4 romantic triangles between the main characters, that are developed to great comic effect.

So, Ryan Gosling's character takes him under his wing, as his wing man, and shows him how to score with the ladies, which leads to many interesting twists and turns.

There were several parts of this movie that made me cringe, one was the patheticness of the character played by Steve Carell. The teenage crush made me cringe a little, especially with the absurd things this kid did to get her attention.

In fairness this was more than balanced with some high quality scenes and interactions, particularly the scenes with Marisa Tomei, who I thought was absolutely brilliant, especially when her simmering emotions boil over at the parent teacher meeting.

The Dirty Dancing routine between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone was simply movie magic, and one of the best scenes I have seen all year, two quality actors, chemistry, everything, perfect.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Ryan Gosling may be one the best actors on the planet. You probably know him from The Notebook, a perennial top 100 rental on leading dvd rental sites. He has studously avoided the mainstream doing indie and art house movies.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful 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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