Thursday, 6 October 2011

Crazy Stupid Love (movie)

Just saw Crazy Stupid Love. This is a movie that seems to have split the viewers, and I came down on the side of liking it. I found it laugh-out-loud funny and unpredictable, not your average rom-com at all.

Cal (Steve Carell) is moping in a bar trying to deal with his impending divorce, when womanising Jacob (Ryan Gosling) decides to take him in hand and give him a makeover -- in both appearance and personality. (Jacob declares that Cal needs to learn how to be a man again. He's become boring.) Carell branches out a little bit (including a fling with Marisa Tomei), but really wants his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) back. Jacob meanwhile meets Hannah (Emma Stone) who just might be his match... Also suffering the pangs of love are Cal's 13YO son Robbie, who has eyes for his 17YO babysitter Jessica, who in turn has a crush on Cal. (There's also a sideline with Emily and her work colleague, played by Kevin Bacon.)

It's definitely Cal's story, but the supporting storylines add complexity, are entertaining and entwine together in surprising ways. In fact, I would have liked more weight given to Jacob's part of the story -- he unfortunately fades out of the script in the last part of the film, and it's weaker for it.

But overall I enjoyed this movie a lot. Even if it is a little too long. There's a fabulous climactic moment, which you think is going to be the end, but then it all keeps going. The last little section doesn't quite live up to the rest of the movie, and leads into an ending that's overly sentimental (and a little bit controversial). I guess you can't have everything!

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