Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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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 and protégé to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). -- (C) Warner Bros


Emma Stone
as Hannah
Jonah Bobo
as Robbie
Joey King
as Molly
Kevin Bacon
as David Lindhagen
Josh Groban
as Richard
Mekia Cox
as Hip Hairdresser aka Tiffany
Zayne Emory
as Robbie's Friend (Eric)
Crystal Reed
as Amy Johnson
Joanna Brooks
as Waitress for Cal and Kate
Reggie Lee
as Officer Huang
Algerita Wynn Lewis
as Robbie's Principal
Wendy Worthington
as Woman (Who Gives Cal Tour)
Dan Butler
as Cal's Boss
Rasika Mathur
as Emily's Assistant
Jasen Salvatore
as Bartender #2
Mike Long
as Bartender #3
Dillon Neaman
as Bartender #4
J-Ray Hochfield
as Bartender #5
Christopher Darga
as Lowe's Salesman #1
Rich Hutchman
as Lowe's Salesman #2
Richard Steven Horvitz
as Lowe's Salesman #3
Lauren Stone
as Mall Clerk
Megan James
as Hannah's Colleague #1
Rebecca Flinn
as Hannah's Colleague #2
Billy Atchison
as Hannah's Colleague #3
Ehrin Marlow
as Hannah's Colleague #4
David Orosz
as Hannah's Colleague #5
Camille Abelow
as Hannah's Colleague #6
Maija Polsley
as Jacob's Date
Christian Pitre
as Waitress with Check
Heather La Bella
as Female Bartender
Georgia Hurd
as Jacob's Girl
Lisa Ann Brown
as Jacob's Girl #2
Yu Tingting
as Jacob's Girl #3
Holly Daniels
as Assistant Principal
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Critic Reviews for Crazy, Stupid, Love.

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (183) | Rotten (48)

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

    Oct 18, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • There may not be much competition, but it's among the best of the year.

    Sep 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • It ties its strands together a touch too tightly two-thirds of the way through - but still leaves enough hanging at the end to be credible.

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A hilarious insight into the world of dating, with a lorra, lorra laughs to be had.

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is witless, saccharine and lifeless...

    Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • When a movie opens with a woman telling her husband that she wants a divorce after twenty-five years of marriage and it isn't played for laughs, you know you're not in for a "typical" Hollywood comedy...

    Aug 4, 2011 | Rating: 2.1/2

Audience Reviews for Crazy, Stupid, Love.

  • Jul 23, 2014
    Not a film I was keen on watching but got made to by the girlfriend and it was pretty funny and moving at the same time, Until the last 20 minutes it's like there's different stories going off but a nice unexpected twist makes this film stand out the most from other rom coms.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2014
    Let me get this straight. Ryan Gosling starred in three movie hits of 2011? He's insane. I mean, nobody eats pizza as cool as him. The main issue I have with this film is that, just like an Italian romantic comedy, it is plagued by disgusting "suburban" characters difficult to empathize with given their disgusting decisions. Everything circling around their minds is sex-related; so are their actions. Even Robbie's "graduation gift" from her babysitter is contradictory to the film's final message. Another major drawback I had was that the situations were too coincidental between each other not to consider them forced. I do believe in suspension of disbelief, even in romantic comedies, but situations were too far fetched and characters were forgiving things that would be nearly impossible to do for any human. It is a good sign that Steve Carell has been trying to get out of his comfort zone since Date Night (2010), however, with some obvious inconsistencies in the way. Also, the film had (surprisingly) two climaxes, one comedic and the other one emotional, with a dramatic intermission in between. I won't argue that this surpasses 95% of romantic comedies that are released today, and it gets creative in some aspects instead of relying on a "sexually humorous and crude" screenplay written by American Pie screenwriters. On the contrary, it manages to be heartwarming in some bizarre and inexplicable way, and makes a nice role reversal twist between the Carell and Gosling's personas. Who knows... Maybe at this pace, Carell will someday find his Punch Drunk Love and do something different, and Hollywood may have some alternatives beyond Apatow-like humor for the genre's survival. 57/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2013
    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.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2013
    I don't like rom-com in general because most of the time the attention is spent on getting into a relationship and skips over the other aspects of relationships. Crazy, Stupid, Love is different kind of rom-com and one that portrays romance with some level of realism that I could get behind. Crazy, Stupid, Love is about a middle-aged husband (Steve Carell) whose life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. I did like the plot, but it does suffer from having to many characters. This creates a lost of focus in the story. Some plot-lines are underused or are just created to get a laugh. It does have it fair shares of contrivances, stereotypes, and cliches (precocious kid, guy falls for the one girl who initially rejected his advances, etc.). All is forgivable since this a rom-com has some life in it. The comedy never takes away anything from the drama and the dramatic moments are something anyone relate too. It gives a raw human look into what brings two people together or tears them apart. People question their direction when they hit a bump in their relationship. It goes to say relationship are not easy to maintain and portrays it maturely enough that it does not feel like just like a film fantasy. If there's anything some of the good rom-coms have showed us are relationships have a lot more depth than falling in love and pursuing a soul-mate. Acting wise the cast deliver. Few rom-com have this many likable actors on one film. Steve Carell does good work with the material he's given which requires him to be human and not relying solely on jokes. You won't look at Steve Carell as an comedian, but view him instead as an actor. Ryan Goslings plays a womanizer which is not a role to buy him in. He already has the looks and muscles, add some mannerism and near perfect line delivery and he becomes a character worth liking. Julianne Moore balances between drama and humor very well. Even despite what she does she never becomes entirely dislikable. Emma Stone (like some plot lines) is sadly underused. She does well in her role being charming as usual and delivery some genuine dramatic moments. It's just a shame her character was just a plot device and be use for a big comedic setup. Sadly the women don't get as much screen time, but do hold their own. Crazy, Stupid, Love is all of the above. It's crazy that it still works despite using the tropes associated with the genre. Stupid since it underused plot-lines and actors, but has more to love about it for the best rom-coms try to present romance applying in the real world. This genre is filled with too many happy stories and the ones that dare to take a different direction are worth checking out.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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