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“Crazy Stupid Love” – Early Review (POSITIVE)

July 28, 2011

Look up the factoids about the team behind this film, you’ve got the directing duo, Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, known for their raunch (“Bad Santa” , “Bad News Bears” – 2005, & “I Love You Phillip Morris”), you’ve got a writer, Dan Fogleman, who’s done nothing but G-rated kids movies, and a cast of actors you’ve dreamed of seeing together on screen, but never really thought would or should ever happen. The result is simply outstanding. This is the perfect example of a movie that has the right director(s), writer, and cast, all banding together to make a solid/memorable picture.

The film tells the story about a sad sap of a couple, Cal & Emily (Steve Carell & Julianne Moore) who’re getting a divorce, call it a mid-life crisis or perhaps a time  when one is starting to give up on ones soul mate. Cal meets a ladies man of sorts, Jacob (Ryan Gosling), who after noticing that all Cal ever talks about, at this hip bar, is that his wife wants a divorce and she slept with David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). It’s constant, but it catches Jacobs attention and frankly he feels sorry for Cal. He takes Cal under his wing and helps him reinvent himself, he Miyagi’s him if you will. In the midst of changing Cal into a new Jacob, Jacob meets a girl (Emma Stone) who could be a game changer in his own life.

There’s a certain old-fashion feel to this movie, that might sound a bit cliche, but there is a fresh, and insightful feel to this multigenerational love story. You’ve got Carell’s character, Cal, conflicting with his marriage falling apart & wanting his wife back (as does she), Emily who wants Cal back too, but has the issue of whether or not to venture on with David Lindhagen, Jacob’s conflict with this incredible girl, Cal’s 13 year-old son (Jonah Bobo) who’s in love with his 17 year-old babysitter (Analeigh Tipton), and the babysitter in love with Cal! There’s so much going on, you think that the movie is going to explode with pointless subplots that ultimately go nowhere, that’s not the case here. The script is so well written and geniusly may I add, crafted, that it keeps the viewers engaged with everything that is going on with these people. These relationship issues all have a purpose to the story and to the character of Cal. Cal is probably the best superhero of the summer, in my oppinion, he’s going through so much shit, that it’s even a miracle he comes out of it with a smile on his face.

Like I stated above, the casting is pitch perfect, down to the final degree of Kevin Bacon. Everyone is extremely funny & witty, they play their characters appropriately, even when the time for crudeness arrives. It’s a movie with great character development, but also great characters to watch. All with there own little quarks & language, and who knew that Ryan Gosling could be so damn funny?! Marisa Tomei has a hilarious role in the film that is going to leave people in tears laughing. I loved this cast, so far, it’s my favorite cast in a movie this year. And for the record, I love me some Emma Stone, I cannot get enough of her, I will marry her one day, oh yes, she will be mine.

Go see this movie, it’s a great comedy, with a wonderful romantic tone, and enough drama to settle that tone, plus a dash of the classic crudeness Ficarra & Requa are known for. It’s my favorite rom-com dramedy in recent years, not since “(500) Days of Summer” has a movie made me feel this connected to a relationship genre. Kudos to the entire cast & crew.

GRADE: A

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