Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. is the newest film by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, written by Dan Fogelman, starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon and Josh Groban.

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have been married for quite a while and the heat is pretty much gone. And then Emily asks for a divorce. Cal is heartbroken and loses all sense of orientation. That is, until womanizer Jacob (Ryan Gosling) finds him and takes pity on him. Jacob basically gives Cal a make-over and shows him how to pick up women. But will that make either of them happy?

Crazy, Stupid, Love. is a wonderful romcom. It’s sweet, it’s actually funny, the performances are good and really did surprise me. An evening very well spent.

Though I’m not the biggest Steve Carell fan, he always delivers solid performances – and he does so here, too. But the rest of the cast completely outshines him. Emma Stone is basically cuteness personified. Julianne Moore is amazing as always. It’s great to see Kevin Bacon as a nice guy for once (when did he start playing only assholes?) and Marisa Tomei was very funny. But, as was to be expected, it was Ryan Gosling who kept most of my attention. He is not only hot as hot can be (that line about looking like he was photoshopped: so freaking true), he is just an incredible actor.

He makes Jacob not only a womanizing asshole who sees the error of his ways, you can feel his vulnerability almost right from the start. But it’s not only Jacob who is a layered character – Dan Fogelman knows how to write good characters and the cast uses that to its advantage.

And the entire cast hits just the right notes and make this film really funny and also very sweet. And as I said before, the reveal at the end took me very much by surprise (probably because I really did not expect there to be a twist in the first place).

Sometimes the film gets close to being icky, though, in the subplot with Cal’s son and the babysitter. Being persistent is one thing, but when somebody tells you that your persistence is making them uncomfortable, you better stop. But in the end the script always manages to stop just before they crossed the line.

Summarising: Crazy, Stupid, Love. is one of those movies that keep you grinning from one ear to the other.

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