Crazy Stupid Love review

Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Steve Carell
Ryan Gosling
Julianne Moore
Emma Stone
Analeigh Tipton
Jonah Bobo
Kevin Bacon
Rated: PG-13

Predictable? At times yes, but boy does it work.

Crazy, Stupid, Love follows the character Cal Weaver (Carell), a man who immediately finds out that his wife Emily (Moore) wants a divorce and informs him that she cheated on him with a man named David Lindhagen (Bacon). After finding out, the two split up and Cal lives on his own in an apartment. However, he becomes bored and heads to a local night club and tries to drink his problems away.

While there a young man named Jacob (Gosling), who is a smooth talking ladies man, takes pity on Cal and decides to help him out by getting him into some new clothes and meeting new women. However one woman, Hannah (Stone), a law graduate becomes one girl that Jacob can’t seem to seal the deal on. As the film goes on Cal enjoys his new life of being single a bit, but it eventually leads to things becoming more complicated.

Crazy, Stupid, Love works really well. Each character has their own story going on and they burn on all cylinders here. I was invested all the way through the film and loved how it developed the relationships between everybody and how these characters changed and evolved over the course of the film.

The biggest highlight to the movie was its characters and the actors who portrayed them. It’s the first time in a while that I can say I enjoyed every single character in the entire movie.

Steve Carell gives one of the best performances he’s had so far, putting more emotion into this role than he usually does. Ryan Gosling is brilliant as well, having a lot of humor but still bringing that serious side which breathes a lot of life into the character.

I came down hard on Emma Stone last year for the film Easy A but she easily redeemed herself here, being a real joy to watch on screen especially in one scene at a party thrown for her graduation. Julianne Moore had some good emotion in the role and Kevin Bacon was great being the “other man” in the movie.

All these characters had such a good level of chemistry and believability which made it very enjoyable. Even the more minor characters were great, including Cal’s son Robbie (Bobo) who has a major crush on his babysitter.

Both the romance and the comedy feel genuine here which doesn’t often happen anymore. The film has real heart and emotion to it which really got me invested. There are some lovey dovey moments in the film, but due to the great characters in the film it makes it better than ones that we’ve seen before.

Overall, I enjoyed every minute of this film. I know last week I gave Friends With Benefits a 4 out of 5 because of how funny it was, but this film blows it out of the water.

This is one of the best romance movies I’ve seen in a while. It was funny, emotional and the characters were absolutely stellar. This one makes the cut for one of my favorite films of the year, 5 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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