Crazy, Stupid, Love: Entertaining & Touching Romantic Comedy
Analeigh TiptonEmma Stone...
Glenn FicarraJohn Requa
In 1 Cinema
Crazy, Stupid, Love
recounts three intertwined love stories spanning three different generations.
First you have forty-something Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore). Emily is
cheating on Cal with David (Bacon) and wants a divorce. A distraught Cal meets the
much younger ladies’ man Jacob (Gosling), who teaches Cal his womanising ways
and then falls for Hannah (Stone), the only woman who’s ever spurned his
advances. The problem is that Hannah’s already dating fellow lawyer Richard (Groban)
and is expecting a proposal soon. And to bring everything full circle, Cal’s
teenage son Robbie (Bobo) is in love with his babysitter Jessica (Tipton), who
is four years older and just happens to be in love with his dad.
The film centres on Cal’s identity crisis following his divorce. He
loses his sense of self upon discovering his wife’s affair and her desire for a
divorce. He soon takes up a near permanent residence at a bar where he drones
on and on to everyone within earshot about how miserable he is. Jacob takes
pity on this pathetic specimen and decides to help him regain his manhood,
resulting in a pretty awesome shopping spree and makeover montage.
Bit by bit,
Jacob teaches Cal his tricks of the trade. He tells Cal that by the time he’s
through with him, Emily will regret the day she ever gave up on him. As Cal
slowly turns into an older form of Jacob, he realizes that no other woman can
replace Emily as his soul mate and vows to get her back.
This film is very clearly pro-commitment and pro-romance. Jacob’s
constant flow of one-night stands is not making him happy, while Robbie is a
firm believer in soul mates; to the point of obsessively pestering Jessica.
As in Little Miss Sunshine,
Carell brings out the humour in the heartbreak. Whether he’s drinking his pain
away in the bar or being bossed around by Jacob, he keeps things both light and
tragic. Speaking of Jacob; Ryan Gosling looks like a model; only hotter. As
Hannah so aptly puts it, he looks like he’s been photoshopped. Gosling and
Stone play off of each other really well on screen with Gosling coming off as
simultaneously oversexed and deprived of affection. Stone in particular does
really well with the many awesome quips that she’s given and Marisa Tomei has a
small but hysterical part as the first woman that Cal is able to pick up.
While the film is rather jumpy with abrupt switches from scene to scene, the cast and the dialogue more than make up for any flaws. For a
film about divorce, it’s surprisingly funny and romantic.