Crazy, Stupid, Love.

(2011)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Transcript for Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Okay, next up is the romantic comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Steve Carell leads the ensemble cast as Cal Weaver, a nebbishy forty-something. At the film's start, his wife, played by Julianne Moore, announces that she's slept with someone else and wants a divorce. Cal finds an unlikely mentor in a womanizer named Jacob played by Ryan Gosling. 

/Clip -- What Happened to Your Feet? Carell and Gosling shopping at the mall.
 
But Jacob finds his game upended by Emma Stone as a quick-witted aspiring lawyer who sees through him. Naturally, this makes her more attractive to him than ever.
 
/Clip -- Is this how it normally works? Gosling and Stone at Gosling's house 
 
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" has some strong individual moments and performances. And Gosling is sexy as hell -- and surprisingly funny -- as a slick playboy. But for a movie that supposedly aims to reflect reality, too much here is feel-good and contrived. And the very public confession that represents the film's climax is just cringe-inducing. My thumb started out up and ended up down.
 
IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
I think you’re totally right about this.  Um, I think there’s a lot to like about this movie.  There’s some strong performances, some good writing in certain scenes, you know there’s some, some really funny scenes, but the film doesn’t really seem to have a goal.  I, I feel like it is  trying to be too many things at once.  
 
CHRISTY:  
It’s trying to be intelligent, romantic comedy, also kind of sweet and maudlin. Right.
 
IGNATIY:
Yeah, and in the end, it just ends up contradicting itself.  It’s trying to be, you’re right, very knowing about certain things, and then, very uplifting about others very, you know, maudlin sentimental whatever, and it drags the whole thing down.  I think it’s kind of hypocritical, especially to the treatment of the Marisa Tomei character, who is, plays a woman that Steve Carell picks up at a bar.  Um, she gets, I think, treated very in kind of a nasty way by the, the plot of this film.
 
CHRISTY:  
Well, a lot things, don’t aren’t there on the page.
 
IGNATIY:
Yeah.
 
CHRISTY:
The whole Carell and Gosling friendship.  I don’t believe that  Gosling would give him the time of day in real life much less like spend all this time remaking this nerdy guy.  
 
IGNATIY:
And the Julianne Moore character is not really fleshed out even though…
 
CHRISTY: 
Not at all.
 
IGNATIY:
There are things that exist in the chemistry between the actors. I think Julianne Moore and Steve Carell make a convincing married couple even though they’re not really convincing as characters.
 
CHRISTY:
Right, you have no idea what the marriage is really about so you have no sense of loss. If the whole thing would have been about Gosling and Emma Stone, I would have loved that movie. They’re great together.  
 
IGNATIY:
It would have been a better film. It needed more focus.