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
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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Discs
  • 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 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

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
From looking at the promotional poster and the title I thought that this movie looked terrible. I could't tell anything about what the film was about from looking at the poster but it certainly didn't look like anything to do with love. I didn't even recognise the actors in it (I think I'm going blind). On closer analysis I realised that I recognised all of them and they were all pretty well known so I decided to give it a chance.

As Crazy Stupid Love is a romantic comedy I assumed that reviews of it would be pretty bad, but I was wrong, as it actually has a rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is remarkable for this genre. Perhaps the reason that it has such a high rating is because it's not about sappy love, it's about real love, about fighting for the one you love. Now it sounds like it might be a heavy movie, but it's not, the comic elements make it light-hearted and funny and there were several moments where I actually laughed out loud as opposed to the casual grin the usual rom-com cheesy jokes bring to my face.

This movie is basically about Cal (Steve Carell) and his family and friend's and their issues regarding love. Within the first couple of minutes of the film, Cal's wife has already asked him for a divorce, something I really wasn't expecting and that's when the story really kicks off. Cal meets Jason at a bar who really gives him a kick up the backside and helps him get his life sorted. Sort of. Well he manages to get Cal to stop moping around and he attempts to turn him into a suave and sexy man. Personally, I thought the movie got off to a rather slow start, but stick with it, it's definitely worth it and it gets much better. There is a large age range between the characters experiencing love and this brings diversity and some hilarity.
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47 of 53 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hilton on 10 April 2012
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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