Excerpt: "Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling lead an all-star cast in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Fortysomething straight-laced Cal Weaver (Carell) is living the dream—good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart, Emily (Julianne Moore). So when Cal learns that his wife has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels.
Excerpt: Crazy, Stupid, Love is afull of good, deep-down decent people flailing in romances gone wrong. There’s Steve Carell, divorced by his movie wife Julianne Moore (always effortlessly great) because she’s having a mid-life crisis that involves zero degrees of naked separation from Kevin Bacon.
Summary: I really enjoyed Crazy, Stupid, Love. because it is smarter (and funnier) than the average contemporary romantic comedy. The film translates surprisingly well to Blu-ray from an audiovisual perspective, but I found the special features to be a bit scant. (No bloopers/outtakes of Carell riffing? Boo!
Excerpt: Life for Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) seems to be going great until his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) admits she's been cheating on him and she wants a divorce. Sullen, he starts hitting bars where he meets the smooth-talking Jacob (Ryan Gosling) who can woo any woman into bed without breaking a sweat. He takes Cal under his wing to help him up his own game with the ladies.
Excerpt: Instead of rattling off praise for Crazy, Stupid, Love , there’s something more important at hand. Hollywood has systematically destroyed whatever credibility the romantic comedy had left in recent years, pushing something like Crazy, Stupid, Love into the spotlight. Don’t take that the wrong way; this co-directed film from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa could stand up even in a period of genre bliss, but let these be a lesson on what this film does right that all of the...
Excerpt: Cal (Steve Carell, The 40-Year-Old Virgin ) and Emily (Julianne Moore, The Big Lebowski ) got married when they were both seventeen. Now they have entered middle age, and Emily has announced that she wants a divorce. Cal is terribly upset by this news; he's nearly driven mad when he learns that she's been sleeping with her co-worker (Kevin Bacon, X-Men: First Class ).
Excerpt: The Film Steve Carell has had some real highs and lows in his relatively short film career. When word came that he was leaving his successful sitcom gig, his follow-up Dinner for Schmucks seemed sort of fitting. Thankfully, Carell's first post- Office outing was the 2011 rom-com Crazy, Stupid, Love. Before you roll your eyes at the concept of another rom-com, know that this is something a little special.
Excerpt: As far as romantic comedies go, they rarely break from the script, but that isn't the case here. In many ways, this film pokes fun at the clichéd moments found in the genre and the stars do a good job portraying their characters. I especially liked the young actor, Jonah Bobo, as he swoons over his babysitter (Jessica Tipton).
Conclusion: Crazy, Stupid, Love. is genuine and substantial as far as mainstream romantic comedies go, but it still does enough to rub the wrong way, particularly in its unrealistic and jokier parts. While it's worth a viewing, especially if you're a fan of the strong cast, it's not something you're likely to return to with any regularity.