Crazy, Stupid, Love. (PG-13)
Runtime: 118 minutes
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Aside from the goofy sounding title, Crazy, Stupid, Love (period) is a fun and truly wonderful romantic comedy. It hits all the right spots and the cast is exceptionally good (and exceptionally beautiful). This was not on my most anticipated list, but nevertheless, it's definitely one of my favorite movies this year!
Steve Carell plays Cal, a dull husband who gets cuckolded (look it up - or better yet, watch the movie!) by his wife and ends up taking advice from a ladies man, Mr. Hey Girl himself, Ryan Gosling to get over his wife and start bangin' some chicks. That pretty much sums up the movie - you pretty much know what is going to happen (well, at least I thought I did. More on that later). So what's the point in watching this movie, you might ask? Well, first off, it's pretty funny. Secondly, there's a lot of good acting going on here. Ryan Gosling is perfect as the handsome pick up artist and Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore are always good for these types of roles. Plus you have some truly memorable side characters played by Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. Oh! And Cal's son has a subplot about him falling in love with an older high schooler - his babysitter no less!
While that subplot is not great, there are some great moments and all the story arcs collide near the end of the movie in a very big and climactic scene. It may have been a bit too much, but I still laughed a buttload during it. Plus, I should have seen it coming from a mile away but there's a big reveal in that scene that I will admit I was surprised. All in all - it's a good story and it's made even better by the cast. Maggie pointed out that the babysitter is played by a previous America's Next Top Model contestant and going into the movie I figured she would be the worst part, but fortunately, she was really good! So there's lots of surprises in this movie and most of them are good.
The movie does start off really slow - I was about to write this one off after the first 15 minutes, but it slowly found itself and really delivered on the laughs, too. It's a solid date movie, so what more could you ask for?
Rating: See It!