CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. [2011] movie review

April 27, 2013 · Print This Article

Sometimes I watch just the movie I need to for the emotional state I am in. Such was the case with the time of watching CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. [2011] tonight. This movie is a lot more than what the cast list says and what the two sentence plot description is. It is very Hollywood and very real and very surprising, and thus a very good movie.

Steve Carell gets told in the opening scene while at dinner with his wife that she wants to not be married to him anymore. He does not fight, he gives up, literally jumping out of a moving car. For some reason he starts hanging out in this cool bar where Ryan Gosling is the Man. (just had deja vu) Carell’s out loud whining about his wife leaving him and cheating on him is getting so bad it is cramping Gosling’s style, so he decides to transform Carell into himself, i.e. dressing cool and knowing how to talk, or rather not talk, to women in order to take them home at the end of the night.

Here the viewer might start to think they have the movie figured out and that is all there is to these characters, but the movie is not on retread plot rails and in fact has one of the best twists I have ever seen in a movie, so much so I always gasped.

Every character is madly in love with another character in an unrequited way and how all those passions get resolved makes for an extremely entertaining and surprisingly emotion final act. This movie will need to be retroactively added to my 10 best list for 2011.

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