Crazy Stupid Love – Review

Genre Romantic, Comedy
Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon
Released on July 19, 2011 (New York City), July 29, 2011 (United States)
Duration 118 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 8/10
Channel Netflix

 “When Cal learns that his wife wants a divorce, he reluctantly faces the prospect of single life with the counsel of a smooth young bachelor.” –  That’s Netflix’s boring description of one of the best romantic comedy’s I’ve ever seen. I mean I know that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have crazy amounts of chemistry, (Have you seen La La Land?!) but I honestly didn’t expect Crazy, Stupid, Love to be that good. 

Crazy, Stupid, Love is ridiculously ambitious for its genre and with the help of its star-studded cast, it succeeds. Cal Weaver played by Steve Carell has an almost perfect life. He’s got a great job, nice kids, beautiful house and a successful marriage to his stunning high-school sweetheart, Emily played by Julianne Moore. But all that is swept away when Emily wants a divorce. She brings it up over dinner when the two are supposed to be picking out dessert. It’s hilarious for the audience, though not so much for Cal. And to make matters more exciting, Emily blurts out that she slept with another man. He goes into a catatonic sort of state and jumps out of a moving car.  

As Cal’s life falls apart and he’s moping at some bar, he meets a young and very very attractive Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Jacob oozes confidence and perfection. He’s chiseled like the Greek gods and he takes Cal under his wing. Jacob is like the polar opposite of Cal. Where Jacob dresses well and can pick up women with ease, Cal has zero fashion sense and can not pick up women to save his life. Jacob teaches Cal how to dress, get women, speak, etc etc. All in all he’s a pretty good wingman to Cal. He is, however, a bit sexist, but oh well, can’t expect a man to be perfect, can we? We forgive him because he does eventually change and turns into an adorable sweetheart. 

Things go incredibly wrong when one of the women Cal sleeps with turns out to be his son’s school teacher, which Emily, of course, finds out during a parent-teacher meeting and it’s a complete disaster with the woman screaming bloody murder. 

Jacob starts to inexplicably fall in love with a lawyer named Hannah. The first time they met, Jacob had tried to pick her up, unsuccessfully might I add. She was in a relationship and saw through his cheesy pickup lines and left. When the man she thought was gonna propose offers her a job instead, she becomes furious, and finds Jacob and kisses him senseless. They go to his apartment to have sex but instead end up talking and eventually passing out. They’re cute and the crazy amounts of chemistry sell them as pretty damn near perfect.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a bit strange at parts like where Cal’s son’s 17-year old babysitter has a crush on him. Also when Cal’s son has a crush on the said babysitter. Props to the writers though, they’ve done a fantastic job. The actors are brilliant, they took the rom-com genre to new heights with this film. But overall it offers insight into the mechanics of infatuation and love. It’s fresh and it’ll leave you happy in the end.

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