This week, while in LA, I saw Crazy, Stupid Love. This was a movie I had been itching to see since the previews were released some time ago. Crazy, Stupid Love starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. My review.
By Pam Quinn (Writer)
Crazy, Stupid Love is a romantic comedy about several people struggling to find satisfaction in their current romantic life. Julianne Moore: stuck in a marriage that has lost it’s spark, Emma Stone: linked to a safe, passionless boyfriend, Steve Carell: recently separated from his wife, trying to re discover the man he used to be and Ryan Gosling: teaching him how.
Ryan Gosling plays a womanzing, charming, seemingly confident man who hangs out at the same bar every night and picks up several of the same kind of women. After witnessing a pathetic Steve Carell forcing his troubles all over the place to uninterested parties, Gosling decides to lend a hand to this poor man who is screaming for a makeover. Carell accepts Gosling's dating tutelage, being that he hasn’t been in the dating scene for… well, forever. He’s only been with one woman his entire life, his high school sweetheart Julianne Moore. The chemistry between Gosling and Carell is pretty great. The man Carell turns into (or rediscovers) makes you proud as an audience member. With Gosling’s character getting thrown for a loop, hitting on a woman unlike any of the other’s he’s ever seduced (Emma Stone) and Carell’s character fighting for his ex wife with a new and improved approach, the film has you in it’s crazy, stupid grasp. Crazy being awesome and Stupid being… just that… stupid.
I’m pretty torn with this movie. There were some really wonderful, beautiful moments spread through out, but in addition, there were times I grabbed my hair and said “No… No… No…come on!” as other moments turned out to be predictable and just plain unbelievable and over the top. The parts that were good were SO good and the parts that were stupid were… pretty stupid.
The two who stole the film were Carell and the actor playing his 13 year old son who spends the film fighting for the love of his 17 year old babysitter. Every time this kid was on screen, I felt my heart melt. That goes for Carrell too. What CAN’T he do? He has a way to make you feel for the average man that you just don’t see too often. It's subtle and it's effective. I think that’s one of the main things that I loved about Michael Scott. No matter how many awful, idiotic and ignorant things that guy did… you still found yourself on his team. Cause he made you feel for him so often.
Crazy, Stupid Love… definitely see it. But maybe on Net Flix.
Oh yeah, Kevin Bacon and Marissa Tomei are in it too…