Just the right amount of Crazy
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton, Jonah Bobo, Joey King.
Plot Summary: A forty-something, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream—good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart until he learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce and he sees his "perfect" life come tumbling down. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth.
Review: In a cinematic world full of slapstick comes a smart new comedy that hits the nail on the head with the perfect balance of romance and comedy. Very rarely do you get to see such a balance in rom-coms. They either overdose on the romance or the comedy. The glue that binds “Crazy, Stupid, Love” together, is the fact that it’s crazy smart. The new-age witty and honest performances keep you hooked till the very end.
Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) tries hard to stay afloat after being thrown back into the treacherous dating waters by his cheating wife Emily (Julianne Moore). Cal’s son develops a seriously cute obsession with his older babysitter while the babysitter herself is pining for Cal. Meanwhile Emily starts dating the co-worker she cheated on her husband (Kevin Bacon) with and Cal starts taking dating lessons from a dashing lady lover Jacob (Ryan Gosling). In between all these parallel stories, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” manages to crack up some major laughs along with a generous sprinkle of the ‘soul-mate’ talk.
Steve Carrel and Ryan Gosling are the pick of the actors. Between his indifferent and sorry expressions, Carrel makes the audience go ‘aweeee’ even when he’s doing everything wrong. A catharsis of sorts, I’d say. Very few actors achieve that successfully. Josling is charismatic and plays the Casanova role effortlessly. Emma Stone turns on that natural, goofy charm. Juline Moore, however, is sidelined and isn’t given enough room to grow into the character. But they all come together and pull it off eventually.
Overall the movie is a smart, witty and quirky comedy that blends romance perfectly well with it. It’s a modern age comedy that will please the adults to the hilt.
Where else can you derive so much fun and ‘feel good’ out of a movie that begins with divorce.
Verdict: Stupid, funny and crazy, it’s a fresh variety in smart rom-coms.