Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011): The first RomCom in years to actually have a brain
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) *** Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
While watching the widely amusing new Romantic Comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love it occurred to me just how brain-dead this genre has become over the last decade. An endless series of cardboard cut out characters combined with inane dialogue and gross out situations has left this Movie Monkey dreading the feared Rom Com.
Crazy, Stupid, Love starring Steve Carell actually has something to say about modern love and relationships.
The film begins with Cal Weaver living under the assumption that his married life is perfect until his dissatisfied wife announces she wants a divorce and has cheated on him with Kevin Bacon no less. After this earth shattering announcement Cal goes on a downward spiral of drunken self loathing until he meets the ultimate playboy Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) who teaches him some moves and tries to help him win back his ex.
The film goes over familiar territory but puts a different spin and actually gives it characters something insightful to say. While watching it I couldn’t help but compare this to an unofficial sequel to Carell’s The 40 Year Old Virgin where Andy has been married for a few years to his true love and eventually loses interest, gets lazy and dumped only to be nurtured back to relationship health by his friends. Interesting movie with some unique characters and as always Emma Stone is outstanding.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) ***
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Emma Stone