Posted on 8/28/11 03:34 PM
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Starring: Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone?
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Synopsis: A father's life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. (Source: IMDb)
Thoughts I Had Before Watching: I have now realized that I love ensemble movies. Not just comedies, but really any type. And that's a big factor of why I want to watch a movie. Throw in six or seven big stars working together, and I'm there. Especially if one of those is Emma Stone, my biggest celebrity crush right now. So, yes, that's why I wanted to see this movie. Its fantastic cast. Oh, and the title, too. It's pretty cool. Only later did I found out it was actually really funny, and charming, and all of my friends recommended it to me. I saw it yesterday, and, oh, boy, did I like it. It's probably the most heartwarming, sweet, and one of the funniest movies of the year. It's actually my second favorite of 2011 so far, just behind Deathly Hallows. Love, as they showed us, may suck sometimes, but the movie certainly did not.
Storyline/Script: "Crazy, Stupid, Love" doesn't have exactly the most original story out there. Just as any other ensemble film, it follows several stories that are connected somehow, and that end up in the same place. We have Cal and Emily, a divorcing couple. We have Jessica and Robbie, a boy who's in love with his nanny. And we have Hannah and Jacob, a ladies' man who suddenly falls in love. So, yes, the movie is actually quite predictable and uses a variety of clichés seen in comedies dozens of times before. But they work. I think what makes the movie stand out, besides the incredible talent of its cast (we'll get there later), is its straight-forward, although at times over-sweetened, portrayal of pure crazy and stupid love. On all of its forms. Young, marital, platonic, sexual. It will steal countless "Awws" out of you. It will manipulate you into believing true love exists and is out there, and I think we all need to be manipulated that way sometimes. It's nothing new, but it will make you laugh, and cry, and smile. A lot. It's a movie that tries to be liked above everything, and it succeeds in doing so. 22/30
Acting: Well, this is how you ensemble a movie. Three different stories, three different couples (and a couple of lovers), and all of them performed with equal charm, and depth, and likeability to make the acting the most outstanding and worthwhile part of the movie. Steve Carell is basically the character he's been playing his whole life, but he shows us yet again why he?s so good at it. Depressing and pitifully funny. Julianne Moore, playing a non-lesbianic version of his role in last year's "The Kids Are All Right" is just as good and likeable and deep. Emma Atone, well, she's just there and that's enough for me, but her sexy charm keeps blowing me away every time I see her. Ryan Gosling portrays the perfect ladies' man every guy would want to be and every girl would want to have. Marisa Tomei is the "crazy" part of the title. Kavin Bacon, well, I don't really know what precisely he does there, but he was good anyhow. The best part, however, and my surprising favorites were Jonah Bobo and Analeigh Tipton (of America2s Next Top Model fame) as the youngest and, kind of ironically, truest lovers. Well, not lovers in that sense of the word. As in people who love. When you think about it, they're all lovers. They all portray a different side of love, and they do it while winning the audience entirely. A dream cast. 28/30
Behind the Cameras: I haven't heard about the directors before. I didn't even know this was a co-directed movie. In any way, I think they did a really great job. Especially in directing the actors. Each member of the cast, in my opinion, had to portray a completely different side of love, and they were guided properly, as so was the story. I also think that this is one of those movies were a single location becomes representative. They tell me "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and I immediately think "bar". It was in the poster, in the trailer, and in the majority of the film. I don't know if this was a good thing or a bad thing, but it became memorable. Strangely, many things behind the cameras were memorable. I loved that montage scene downwards. Great job. 16/20
Entertainment/Fun Factor: Some movies make you laugh. Some movies make you cry. Some movies make you want have someone to watch it with you. "Crazy, Stupid, Love" is all of these combined. It's the truest and sweetest of the year, although, if you are not careful, you'll leave with honey all over you. As I said, it's a movie that, above everything, wants to be liked. At times it forgets about being realistic, or the fact that it manipulates you into feeling stuff, or having an uneasy balance between being funny or deep. But, at the end, none of it really matters. It's a fun, entertaining movie. Its qualities are more and bigger than any flaws it may have. 19/20
Highest Point: Its incredible cast, especially Analeigh Tipton and Jonah Bobo. The clichéd, yet never boring ending where all of the stories come together.
Lowest Point: The uneven blend of drama and comedy. It feels at times repetitive and slightly dragging.
Would I Recommend It? Of course I would. It's probably the best romantic comedy that will come on 2011 and a strong contender in the "Comedy or Musical" categories when the Golden Globes come. Although it's technically a "chick-flick", most of the people are likely to enjoy it because it speaks to men as well as to women, from any age and at any romantic situation or ideology. Oh, and it has the sexy stuff for both genders. So, it's also worth it just for that part. I loved "Crazy, Stupid, Love" It's one of those romantic comedies that didn't try too hard, and it ended up going beyond.
My Final Rating: 85%