Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Normally in a movie such as Crazy, Stupid, Love. there is one character or set of characters that are clearly defined as the bad guys, the jerks, the assholes, what have you.  There has to be a reason for people acting the way they do to one another, and usually it’s because they are missing characteristics that one would normally attribute to a “good” person.  In CSL though, that reason is clearly stated in the title, it’s just love, man.

Basic premise of the movie is that Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have been married for a long time, when all of a sudden Emily blurts out that she wants a divorce.  It turns out that she slept with David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon) for whatever reason and that starts this whole movie off.  Cal goes into a little depressing spiral, until one night, ladies man Jacob (Ryan Gosling) broaches the idea of tutoring Cal on how to become a ladykiller.  And if the movie was just that, well we’ve all seen that movie before and it’s not that interesting or funny anymore.  Thankfully, there are two more plotlines with other characters that all end up dovetailing into one of the most brilliantly written romantic comedy movies in awhile.

It’s not a “sexy” rom-com though, it’s got a lot of heart and realness to it that helps it stand above your run-of-the-mill rom-coms.  Carrell and Gosling are great, Emma Stone is as charming and amazing as I’ve always thought she was (seriously, if you haven’t seen Easy A yet, WATCH IT, it is excellent).  The point is, that none of these characters are cartoonish assholes.  They’re all real people with real emotions and even Bacon’s character, the one that you should hate most of all, well he’s a regular guy too.

Great movie, highly recommended.

4 / 5

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Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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