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