I’ve never been a huge Steve Carell fan. Don’t get me wrong. I really like the show, “The Office,” and I LOVED The 40 Year-Old Virgin. But, Carell never wowed me. Until now.
Crazy, Stupid, Love was a huge surprise for me. Its reviews were pretty good, but I didn’t expect it to be one of the best comedies I’ve seen in a really, really long time. It has everything. A relatable plot, a smooth, fast pace, lots of laugh-out-loud scenes, heartfelt relationships and loveable characters that had me rooting for them through the entire movie.
At the beginning of Crazy, Stupid, Love, Cal Weaver’s wife of 25 years, Emily (played by the always- good Julianne Moore) tells him she wants a divorce. Cal’s appearance at this point is a bit pitiful as the square, ordinary guy who somewhere along the line got really boring and lost sight of how to have any real fun in life. Enter Jacob Palmer, (played by the hot, hot, hot Ryan Gosling). When Jake observes Cal in a bar, the sexy womanizer feels sorry for him and offers Cal a makeover to try to help him get women.
Carell and Gosling are great together! I laughed and laughed as the two polar opposites fought with each other, shopped together, had fun together, learned valuable things from one another, and became true friends.
All of the relationships in the movie are amazing. Cal and Emily, who clearly love each other, Cal and Jake, Jake and Hanna, the girl he unexpectedly falls for (played by the adorable Emma Stone) who has the eternal bachelor out of control for the first time in his life, Cal and the 16 year-old babysitter who’s secretly in love with him, and Cal’s son who’s in love with the babysitter. This love triangle (which includes the babysitter’s dad, who thinks his daughter’s hooking up with Cal) could be the funniest part of Crazy, Stupid, Love.
This movie had a lot going on. In other words, it wasn’t one of those predictable romantic comedies with one plotline where you’re waiting to see the ending you can easily picture in your mind. Crazy, Stupid, Love is full of surprises and unpredictability.
Crazy, Stupid, Love made me laugh so much, my cheeks were hurting by the end of the movie. It also made me cry, get really sentimental, giggle, and feel GREAT about so many things when it comes to love and family. There’s also a really good twist at the end!!
Crazy, Stupid, Love could be one of my all-time favorite comedies, with very talented performances by Carell and Gosling, A chemistry between the two that’s unforgettable, Crazy, Stupid, Love has an Indi film feel to it, but it’s also got that Hollywood firytale ending. What a great movie!