On the way back home from college, right after I packed all my stuffs in my boardinghouse since I won’t stay there any longer after graduation, there went a random thought across my mind, “Ah, I wanna watch a rom-com tonight!” (FYI, rom-com stands for romantic-comedy). Well, I don’t have a bunch of rom-com films in my collection, but this “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” film was the one that attracted me most. And, there it goes.
Pay attention to the film poster: you’ll see a set of well-known Hollywood actors and actresses. You’ll find Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (remember, put a dot after the word “Love”; it’s its official title :D) tells about Cal (played by Steve Carell), a middle-aged husband whose wife, Emily (played by Julianne Moore), suddenly asked for a divorce. Emily admitted that she found Cal boring, as she started an affair to his colleague, David Lindhagen (played by Kevin Bacon). Felt depressed, Cal spent his time in a night bar where he met a good-looking womanizer named Jacob (played by Ryan Gosling) who put a sympathy on him. Then, Jacob helped Cal to rediscover his manhood, as they started picking up girls at the bar. At the same time, Jacob was a little bit down as he couldn’t attract Hannah (played by Emma Stone), a girl he picked at the same bar.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” contains so many subplots. Besides of the aforementioned series of subplots, there’s also another attention-catcher subplot like a puppy love between Cal’s son, Robbie (played by Jonah Bobo), and the Cal’s family babysitter, Jessica (played by Analeigh Tipton), who was four years older than him. These subplots make me feel that the way these subplots are connected to each other was kind of forced unnaturally. At last, the magic named “The World is So Narrow That Unknown People could Eventually Met” used again by the screenwriter, Dan Fogelman.
"Seriously? It's like you're Photoshopped!" -- Hannah
I have to admit that the part when Cal was divorced by his wife, lost his self-esteem, and regained it back with the help of Jacob who was also in an awkward feeling with Hannah was a mesmerizing part. You’ll be presented of a drama-romance wrapped in a comedy style using a straight-to-the-point, interesting dialogues, which I found so attracting. But, God, it’s so regretful to see how all these subplots came to an end. All the complicated things in the story was just spilled out without any logical explanation, that makes “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” ended in a very unfocus way. At this point, I was like, “what the...?” because the story went so cliche. Luckily, the dialogue was so supportive that this film could get back to its track, eventhough I found it was not amusing anymore.
The cast, which was not an ordinary cast, makes this film looks a little bit classier. Besides all those eight cast I mentioned before, I found John Caroll Lynch who played in David Fincher’s “Zodiac” in this film. Moreover, the singer Josh Groban made his debut playing in this film, as he got a small role as Hannah’s targetted man. Ryan Gosling, again, stole the show as he appeared half-nude in some scenes (which could make the female viewers either hold their breath or scream out loud :D). In addition, Steve Carell and Julianne Moore have their own romantic, heart-touching moment, as they played so maturely.
Interestingly unique scenes, succesful dialogues, and above-average cast make this film enjoy-able enough, just if you could put the terrible ending aside. And I found myself attracted, too. Although “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” was started by a divorce topic, but I’m sure that this film could be enjoyed by you and your partner since there are some romantic moments for lovers (but poor me for enjoying this film all alone~). Well, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is an interesting film that may went more interestingly if the plot was wrapped modestly.
DETAILS & CREDITS
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. | COUNTRY USA YEAR 2011 RATING Rated PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content and language GENRE Comedy, Drama, Romance RUNTIME 118 min CAST Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon WRITER Dan Fogelman DIRECTOR Glenn Ficarra, John Requa BUDGET/GROSS $50,000,000 (est.) / $142,851,197 (worldwide per 24 Nov 2011) AWARDS Nominated for Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for Ryan Gosling), another 3 wins & 12 nominations IMDB RATING 7.5/10 METACRITIC 68/100 (Generally Favorable Reviews) TOMATOMETER 78% (Certified Fresh) MORE INFO