Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Crazy Stupid Love

This movie matched two out of three (wanna’ guess which two those are? *grin*) of the definitions in the titular words right – down to a science even, but the third, and most important appears to be missing from the story’s message. Its purpose is twofold. One story tells how a quarter of a century marriage can break apart without the proper attention, the other involves a smooth-talking, 21st century Casanova who (wait for it…) finally finds himself falling head over heels in love.

For twenty-five years, she’s been his soul mate, but Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) never saw the bombshell his wife drops on him during their dinner date coming. First instead of ordering a simple dessert, Emily (Julianne Moore) announces she wants a divorce. On the car ride home, Emily rambles on while Cal sits silently in shock in response to her confounding omission, then she confesses to Cal that it’s as a result of another man (Kevin Bacon).

Depressed and questioning just where he went wrong, Cal leaves without so much as asking for a chance to work through things. Walking out of their house that same night – the house where he and Emily created a home for them and their children (Jonah Bobo, Joey King), Cal rents a small, generic apartment and attempts to move on. But life soon becomes a balancing act of weekends with the kids. Cal decides the best way to cope is to sit night after night at the bar while drowning his sorrows.
Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) is a charming ladies man who spends his nights at the bar picking up any woman he wants. This is when Jacob decides to help Cal get back into the “game” of how best to… charm the ladies. Cal’s a skeptic but Jacob knows the rules and he will see that Cal makes his wife regret the day she ever kicked Cal out.  The only snag in Jacob’s plans is Hannah (Emma Stone) – the one girl bold enough to bluntly refuse his advances, and she isn’t about to take any of Jacob’s nonsense.

Crazy Stupid Love

Although it really wasn’t one that deserved any acclaim, this romantic-comedy received five-star reviews from a good number of mainstream critics, and unfortunately, it’s not difficult to understand their tolerance of this romantic comedy. This movie is running amuck with skewed topics and immoralities and yet… somehow, I enjoyed it. The fact that much of the movie is based off the premise that it’s “okay” to mess around outside of marriage as long as it makes one happy is so far from the principles in life that we should strive for makes this less-than-good entertainment.

Fortunately, the second half of the movie is much superior over the first – or maybe it’s more like the last fourth of it. At least a dozen scenes take place at a club which allows for a setting where less-then-ideal conversations and random pick-ups are frequent. There is a teenage babysitter love triangle subplot that was tacky and not handled well (she is crushing on Cal). It was actually resolved decently minus one offence on the writer’s part – but that one “minor” offense was a doozy.

Additionally in the big-star cast list, we see Marisa Tomei and newcomer Analeigh Tipton, whom everyone raved about. I thought everyone gave a stellar performance (including the always fabulous Emma Stone, The Help) despite not being a Steve Carell fan. There are some sweet, sappy moments and I loved seeing youngster Joey King (Ramona & Beezus) in something again. When the script is good, it is good, but… there is almost too much appalling about the character’s behavior in the story to make this even recommendable. If you don't mind this kind of comedy, Crazy, Stupid, Love does entice some genuine laughs, otherwise, the best advice I could give you is this: steer clear of this one - it is crazy.

CONTENT: There are a handful of semi-graphic sexual situations [Cal takes home a woman, and they awkwardly experiment with oral sex and French kissing], a dozen scenes depict Jacob and later, Cal taking home random women from the bar – sometimes with two women on their arm. Nude photos are taken by a young girl of herself, which late end up in the hands of a teen boy; there are references to a number of sexual acts [one of which involves a teen]. Hannah refutes Jacob’s interest but late it is implied they sleep together – on more than one occasion [there is barely avoided nudity in three or four scenes]. The movie includes two f-words and one partial in addition to milder swear words like, sh*t, h*ll, da*n, various misuses of God’s name in vain among other crudities [including but not limited to references to the anatomy]. Drinking is also prevalent. This film is rated PG13.


  1. Sadly, I do not have a ClearPlay to watch this film.....because I do like Steve Carrel (Yes, I watch "The Office =P) and Emma Stone....but I also know there is way too much junk to go through with a fast forward button!

  2. This one is cute, Ella but... yeah, it has way too much adult content in it to be really enjoyable. Even edited, I caught several implications that were disheartening - and the whole babysitter subplot is just rubbish.

    It's too bad you cannot see it though, being a fan of Carrell and Emma - both are grand in this movie. =)

    Never have seen The Office but now you mention it, I remember seeing your reviews for it. ;D

  3. i adore Steve Carell (Office fan) but I was NOT pleased with this movie at all. I quit after an hour; it was just... nope!

  4. Definitely not one for me. Besides I think I'm more fantasy or girly :P
    Joey King IS such a cutey :) Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)

  5. Juliet - if you watch this without benefit of editing, it can have that effect! It has some laughs but I've not rented it a 2nd time let alone bought it.

    Sierra - wise choice. =) This one is definitely best left alone unless one can see it through ClearPlay.

    Oh! I love fantasy/girly movies - they are SO sweet! Watching fantasy productions has only become a favored genre in the last couple of years... but still, I love it. =D

    Isn't Joey just the cutest!? I think she was grand in her debut role and she is cute in this role, too - it's just too bad it was such a crummy movie overall.


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