Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling lead an all-star cast in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Fortysomething straight-laced Cal Weaver (Carell) is living the dream?good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart,... more » Emily (Julianne Moore). So when Cal learns that his wife has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his ?perfect? life quickly unravels. Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth so handsome player Jacob Palmer (Gosling) takes him on as wingman and protégé, opening Cal?s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style. Despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can?t be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading Cal back to where he began. Brimming with inspired performances, critics are calling this gem of a romantic comedy ?a movie that understands love? (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly).« less
The title captures it well, Crazy, Stupid. Don't be crazy or stupid by not running away!
Mary-Jo W. (mjowest) from SHELBYVILLE, MI Reviewed on 1/4/2015...
Four stars. I enjoyed it, while I have a hard time sitting still for most movies, this one had me entertained.
GREAT twists, with a little humor, not the forced stuff Steve Carrell usually does. I didn't enjoy the premise
of searching for girls for sex, and how the movie portrayed how desperate many women are. But the
chaotic scene near the end was worth the whole movie. Misunderstanding and noncommunication results so many times in our lives like this scene. ok, I'm not a great writer, but this one is worth watching.
Charlene C. (mccoffield) from SOUTHLAKE, TX Reviewed on 1/1/2014...
One of the best movies I've seen in years!
Though it starts out on a rather solemn note, which is necessary to set up the story and several sub-plots, it turns out to be an extremely clever and funny movie. It is so well written (and acted) that it also makes one think - something most "comedy" films do not offer.
The sub-plots envolve a ladies-man, a young single girl, a teenage boy and his baby-sitter, while the story is centered around a married couple, played by Steve Carell and Julianne Moore. Initially unknown to the husband, the marriage is apparently on-the-rocks.
[Sidebar: another reviewer wondered why the wife "did what she did" when there wasn't anything specifically "wrong" with the marriage. If one, especially a female, has been married a long time, then she should be able to relate to the situation without it having to be spelled out, regardless of whether said female ever actually acted upon the situation or not. This is not a chick-flick, nor is its purpose to subject the viewer to reliving, in its entirity, a 20+ year marriage.]
The film explores how the characters interact with each other and their relationships change. To explain much more of the story-line would be a spoiler because the plot is multi-facited with surprising twists that are best left to be discovered as they were intended to be, right up to the very end. It's a truly original plot, so very rare to find these days.
I rarely watch a movie twice, unless it's something really classic, and my husband is not a big movie fan at all. This movie, I watched twice and enjoyed it the second time around as much as the first. The second viewing was with my husband, who enjoyed it thoroughly - a very unusual thing for him.
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Janice J. (dizzheart) Reviewed on 1/21/2012...
**No spoilers** I had mixed feelings about this movie. The premise seemed contrived to me; Julianne Moore is unfaithful to her husband Steve Carell, but we're not really told what made her do it -- it felt to me as if the writer thought "well, women kick men in the guts routinely for no reason at all, so I don't have to explain it." After they separate Carell is then taken up by Ryan Gosling, a player who gives him a makeover and teaches him to go after sex as if that's all there is to a relationship. As the movie wears on we learn more about Carell and Gosling, and we see the effects of all this play out. There are many comic moments but at heart it's a very serious movie. All the actors are good but they all seemed very artificial to me, except for Julianne Moore perhaps. It was amusing to see how the plot would play out, but I didn't believe much of it. If you live in West LA or the Valley, you will have some fun spotting places you know.