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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 202
Fresh: 157 | Rotten: 45

It never lives up to the first part of its title, but Crazy, Stupid, Love's unabashed sweetness -- and its terrifically talented cast -- more than make up for its flaws.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 11

It never lives up to the first part of its title, but Crazy, Stupid, Love's unabashed sweetness -- and its terrifically talented cast -- more than make up for its flaws.



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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. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman


Drama, Romance, Comedy


Dan Fogelman

Nov 1, 2011


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All Critics (202) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (157) | Rotten (45) | DVD (7)

This is witless, saccharine and lifeless...

September 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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There's strong, fleetingly powerful stuff in Crazy, Stupid, Love., but like its awkwardly punctuated title, the movie jerks to a halt just when it's beginning to flow.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (21)
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It gets better and funnier after a labored and lumbering start, which is entirely the opposite of most Hollywood comedies.

July 31, 2011 Full Review Source:
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This is not the ultimate romantic comedy - the one that makes you fall as hard for the characters as they do for one another while savoring their every interaction - but it seems fresher and less recycled than much of the product out there.

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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This is the sort of film that Oscar generally ignores come awards season. It shouldn't. Crazy Stupid Love is a crazy smart film.

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (4)
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The directors show a great talent for jagged-edged farce.

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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This well-cast comedy easily stands high above many of the romantic comedies we've seen in recent years.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

This is a movie with a bigger heart than a brain. As frustrating as it can be, still, there are worse offenses.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Crazy, Stupid, Love has several humorous spots and is filled with good performances from the entire cast.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Steve Carell, with Ryan Gosling as his wing man? Go figure.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It'll make you laugh, it'll make you'll frown, it might even make you cry, but mostly it'll just make you want to have sex with Ryan Gosling.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

While "Crazy, Stupid, Love" does have several funny parts, it was rather hard to shake the feeling that the film was too drawn out for the story it was trying to tell.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

I laughed and I cried in this happy, crazy and spectacularly funny film that is one of the most enjoyable of the year.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The deft balance between humor and more earnest matters of the heart makes for the best of both worlds.

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source:

The affable atmosphere is perpetuated by the consistently engaging nature of Fogelman's screenplay...

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Competent and smart, 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' is anything but. Because it features an ensemble of people who can't quite get love straight, it reminds me a little of 'Love, Actually.'

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

If you're hungry for a romantic comedy that's really entertaining and doesn't insult your intelligence, here it is.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

The characters and their predicaments rather grow on you. Silly? Yeah, a little. Touching? Yeah, a lot.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Preposterous at times, but smart and heartfelt too.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Steve Carell sets aside his goofball schtick for a more earthy role in this satisfying, mature ensemble romantic dramedy.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

All of the characters - with the exception of Marisa Tomei's horribly maligned love interest - feel entirely honest

October 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture | Comments (2)
Ultra Culture

In terms of writing and direction it has an almost indie-film feel to it, but with that Hollywood gloss to make it palatable to mainstream viewers.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Crazy, Stupid, Love sees directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra very quickly building a name for themselves, able to again craft an honest film that, up until the very end, flows naturally and with great confidence.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

These characters reflect no people that I've ever met. They're as crazy and stupid as the title suggests.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Comments (16)
ABC Radio Brisbane

While far from a landmark effort in the careers of anyone involved, there is more than enough heart and humour in Crazy, Stupid, Love to make it worthwhile.

October 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex

This film can only have been written by someone who has been both crazy with passion and has been to a parent-teacher night. Recommended.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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Audience Reviews for Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Your enjoyment of this film probably depends on your tolerance level for romance and the notion of The One. While there are some genuinely funny parts, mostly thanks to Carell, the film sometimes treads water when it's getting too serious or self-important. Thankfully, some of the romantic parts work too, especially Gosling and Stone's date, who have a good chemistry together. In the end the movie picks up speed again and surprises with a pretty decent twist, but easily could have been 15 minutes shorter altogether. It's refreshing to see Gosling in a somewhat light-hearted role for a change, though. Overall entertaining and with its heart at the right spot, albeit a bit naive.
October 14, 2013

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Apart from disliking the casting, the film was okay as a drama. I presumed that it's a rom-com. The com part would have helped getting some light moments. Alas, it's just one of those romantic drama that's neither great nor trashy.
July 28, 2013

Super Reviewer


Funnier and edgier than any romantic comedy i've seen in a while. However I would have expected nothing less, the directors of I Love You Philip Morris were involved and frankly I think they are both geniuses. They understand comedic timing as does it's hugely talented cast who give great performances all around. I did think it was baggy at times and featured more than enough sugar coating but I thought the original premise and the laughs to be had with it easily made up for the large amount of flaws. Engaging and emotionally involving, there is plenty of fun to be had with it. It's not as crazy, tragic or heartwarming as I Love You Phillip Morris which is an absolute masterpiece but considering how it counts itself as a mainstream comedy I was blown away at how profound and intelligent it was. Forget all the garbage like Marley and Me and New Year's Eve, you want something uplifting and heartwarming that will make you laugh and whimper, watch this movie. A real pleasant surprise of a film, a romantic comedy that I liked, but didn't love.
September 5, 2012
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Grade: A- (90%)

"Crazy, Stupid, Love", directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, is a great romantic comedy. It doesn't rely on the R rated nudity, or the vulagrity to win viewers over. It's a smart romantic comedy; something that is rare now.

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is married to high school sweetheart, has great kids, good job, and a nice house to live in. But when his wife Emily (Julianna Moore) decided to have a divorce, Cal's life turns for the worst. His wife cheated on him with a fellow worker (Kevin Bacon) and decides to move out. It is then he decides to start going to bars, ordering low alcohol beverages and starts to complain about his wife's lover. But one night, when a sweet talker named Jacob (Ryan Gosling) decides to talk to Cal, he begins to change his life around. Jacob changes Cal's clothing and how to talk to the ladies at the bars. It doesn't take too long for Cal to get use to the idea of smooth talking girls at bars and begins to live a life full of ladies and sex.

The plot is fairly simple with some minor twists leading up to a funny yet outstanding climax where everything comes together so smoothly. The film doesn't only follow Cal. It also follows his teenage son Robbie who is falling in love with his babysitter Jessica. The film also shows Jacob's lifestyle and how he begins to fall in love with Hannah (Emma Stone). The film never feels like it tells so much. The story is told from great writing and smooth direction and it never feels overwhelming.

But "Crazy, Stupid, Love" works perfectly mostly because of its talented cast. Steve Carell is great as the leading role, as he has played his role before (some would say 40-Year Old Virgin might be somewhat similar). Ryan Gosling as Jacob is brilliant. I was actually surprised that it was the same actor from "Drive" because I felt he was so bland as a character in that film. To see Mr. Gosling alive and able to play this funny character is fantastic. I look forward to more of his work. Emma Stone is beautiful as Hannah. She is a great actress and every time she's on screen, she brings her character to life.

"Crazy, Stupid, Love" has its moments of triumph. The film works perfectly with the clever script and smooth direction. The cast does a superb job and really brings this film to life. It's a great romantic comedy with just the right amount of drama. Whenever you have a chance or have some time to spare, give the film a shot. It may not be that "crazy" but it is definitely a great film to watch and laugh to.
August 12, 2012
Kevin K.

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    1. Cal: I imagine you suffocating under a pile of women.
    – Submitted by Charlotte W (18 months ago)
    1. Hannah: Oh, you think coffee and sleep don't go together? Well, they do if it's High Point. It's decaffeinated!
    – Submitted by Ann A (19 months ago)
    1. Jacob: I am wildly unhappy.
    – Submitted by Ann A (19 months ago)
    1. Hannah: Daddy?
    2. Jacob: Please, stop calling him that.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
    1. Jacob: You know at the end of the film, where Patrick Swayze lifts the girl up in the air? I put that song on, the women jump into my arms and then they want to have sex with me.
    2. Hannah: It's not going to work on me.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
    1. Cal: I feel like I'm going skiing...
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
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