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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Published February 7, 2012

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Film info

  • Title Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Directors
  • Year 2011
  • Run time
  • Genres
  • Tagline This is crazy, this is stupid, this is love

At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his perfect life quickly unravels. The hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap. But despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.

Fast Facts

Title: Crazy, Stupid, Love Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 58

Background Info

I remember that we watched this trailer a long while ago and thought it might be worth watching. Then it sort of got forgotten in the long wait for things to come out on iTunes. When it did arrive, I refused to watch the trailer again because I figured it was a rom-com and I wouldn’t want to see it. Instead, we just rented it and got watching.

Live Blog

1:30 - Creme brulee is yucky. 4:43 - It’s incredible how age difference is so massive when you’re younger. 9:37 - I wonder how many awkward babysitter drive homes go on every day. 13:06 - “It’s just a divorce!” 14:49 - Stealth cinema visits. That’s clearly when a relationship is on the downhill. 16:43 - “I chose you. But she said no.” 19:13 - A great comedy duo already and they’ve only been talking two minutes. 22:20 - I hope he’s going to change out of that yellow shirt very soon. 24:09 - He may be a sweetheart, but he calls her Hannah Banana. 26:27 - Never has the sound of velcro been so well done. Brilliant. 32:58 - “That doesn’t happen to accountants ever. I checked with other accountants.” 33:42 - Slightly unfortunate Demi/Ashton reference. They don’t seem so happy anymore. 41:29 - “Oh my god, you did Miyagi me.” 42:44 - Although, he’s not really doing it very well. 46:56 - It’s not so much fun when they are equals. 52:37 - Is he breaking into his ex’s place to do the gardening? 58:39 - Somehow I didn’t see that coming, even though we knew she was a teacher. 1:02:47 - He made a cake like a banana too. Jeez. 1:05:53 - Hmm, I don’t buy that, no matter how much gin she downed. 1:09:23 - She’s pasty white compared to him. I like it. 1:11:48 - Her pillow talk is fab! I also like “what happens next, logistically?” 1:14:21 - The hot guy at the bar snorted. 1:18:37 - “Everything looks great. Spreadsheets.” 1:23:57 - As cute as this scene is, I think I would be scared of the shadowy man in my garden. 1:33:00 - That was amazing. Nana! 1:36:55 - Cocktail servant. 1:42:12 - It must mean something that he has gone to the 8th grade graduation. That’s not exactly the actions of a cad. 1:49:13 - “This is going to be fun.”

Conclusions

I loved it. I was fully expecting to be disappointed and/or bored, but I was not. In the first few minutes, it was chuckleworthy, and then gradually the laughs got louder. I thought the characters were great, I really wanted to see them get their happy ending and felt invested in the twists and turns of their lives. And there were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming. Perhaps I should have, perhaps I’m a bit embarrassed about that, but at least it means the film wasn’t predictable.

Great viewing, great acting, and it also awakened me to a small thing known as Ryan Gosling. I mean, you know, he looks like he’s Photoshopped.

**Rating: **5/5

Rating: Unrated

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