Here’s the official Synopsis:
At forty-something, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream–good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren’t the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a crush on Cal. And 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 him back to where he began.
Cast: Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling
Written By: Dan Fogelman
Directed By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
I hate, absolutely HATE that I didn’t see this movie in theaters. If I had this would have definitely been one of my top films of the Summer. I know what you’re thinking “but it’s a romantic comedy”. That’s true and for some people, labeling it that way puts on a certain stigma.
Hell, when I’ve been telling people they need to see this film, I’ve been trying my hardest not to call it that. When people hear rom-com, they automatically think a cliched plots with goofy, over-the-top antics to bring in the comedy. For the most part I can’t disagree with that either. Most rom-coms I’ve seen (especially lately) seem geared towards the younger audience and plays to the humor of a teenager. They just aren’t that refined.
The best way to really describe Crazy, Stupid, Love is as an adult romantic comedy. Not in that has nudity or anything like that, but adult as in matured. It’s tailored towards a more mature audience and so avoids the goofy gags to make you laugh. Instead the filmmakers use wit and intelligence to make you laugh.
Honestly, it was refreshing to see filmmakers who assumed that their audience wasn’t dumb. Most times it seems as if directors feel like they have to hold your hand all the way through the movie, as if you might not remember everything. So they beat you over the head with a concept or imagery to make sure you get it; or they dumb things down. Thankfully this never happens in the film. They expect you to keep up with what’s going on. They continually use jokes later in the film that reference earlier things, but they don’t waste time in reminding you about what happened. You either get it or you don’t.
The result is this amazingly smart, witty comedy that had me laughing harder than anything else has this past year. From the first few minutes it’ll have you laughing and it just keeps getting better from there.
The characters are amazing to follow and feel completely fleshed out. There is a great sense that these characters existed before the events of this movie, and will continue even after the end. You can feel the history and believe in these people, but amazingly, you aren’t given a great deal of information about them. This is the product of excellent writing and flat-out phenomenal performances from everyone.
Being that it’s still in the romantic comedy genre, there are undoubtedly a few cliches they’re going to have to have. It’s almost inevitable. What surprised me, though, is how well they handled those moments; making them unique enough to stand out along with the rest of the film, even though they’re common devices in film. Instead of feeling like tired cliches I had to get through to get back to the rest of the film, they felt strong and appropriate for what was going on at the time.
I took this opportunity on this film to check out the new UltraViolet streaming/digital download option and I have to say, I’m really digging it. It makes life pretty convenient and I have a strong feeling I’ll be using it quite a bit in the future. As far as the blu-ray goes, there aren’t really a whole lot of special features that are going to knock your socks off. It’s just not the kind of film that lends itself to those sort of things. However, the picture quality and sound are top-notch as it should be.
I know it sounds like I’m gushing here, but this was an impressive film that handled a typical genre incredibly well. It treated the audience as if they were adults and had minds of their own. Fantastic writing, a great story, and incredible performances puts this movie as one of the best this genre (and more genres) has ever had to offer. It broke the mold and more than deserves a spot on your shelf.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (which is out now and you have to buy it) gets a 9.5 out of 10
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