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Crazy Stupid Love. Review

Crazy Stupid Love. - 2011

Rated - PG-13

Starring -

Steve Carell
Ryan Gosling
Julianne Moore
Emma Stone

Review -

After twenty-five years of marriage, Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) are getting a divorce. As Emily goes through all the details of how she's no longer happy at having been married so young, and how she recently slept with another man, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon), Cal promises to give her the divorce she wants. They are quickly separated, and while Emily is reconciling the idea of her divorce with the idea of continuing to see David, Cal is sitting at bars, getting drunk each night. Jacob (Ryan Gosling), can't help but to notice the pathetic Cal, and offers to help him get his "manhood" back. So with Jacob's help, Cal begins the journey of becoming a "Lady's Man."

Through all of that, Cal and Emily are splitting their time between work, dating, and their kids at home, Robbie and Molly. Robbie is a love-sick thirteen-year-old who is in love with his seventeen-year-old babysitter, Jessica. Jessica just so happens to be in love with Cal, though she's never expressed this to him. Jessica's father is Cal's ex-best friend who chose to stay friends with Emily rather than Cal when the divorce was announced. It takes a while, but a bit into the movie, all of the connections become quite hilarious (though still a bit awkward).

The "B" plot of this film has to do with Hannah (Emma Stone), who is about to pass the bar and become a real lawyer. Her boyfriend, Richard (Josh Groban), is incredibly dull, but she still loves him; so much so, that when Jacob randomly hits on her at the bar, she walks away without remorse (for awhile, at least).

This movie is all about love. How great it can be, how much it sucks, and how people in love can be huge assholes. Though it was billed as a comedy, this film is uncomfortable and difficult through the first forty-five minutes or so. That is not to say that it's not funny, because it is, but more in an awkward sort of way.

I did like the movie. There were parts of it that had me laughing so hard my sides hurt, and there were parts of it that were tense without being too dramatic. I don't think I'd want this film for my permanent collection, though. I do recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good laugh and an uncomfortable film that forces viewers to look at themselves and their lives after the film to consider the love they have (or have had, or want to have), and maybe see it in a different way. Enjoy the movie!

/ [Nioniel]

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