November 6, 2011

Crazy, Intelligent, Love.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. is touching, enjoyable, and genuine.  Athough a bit off-color at times, it never really resorts to crazy, stupid rom-com cliches.  It stars Steve Carell as Cal Weaver, whose wife Emily (the always excellent Julianne Moore) decides to end their 25 year marriage.  Cal drowns his sorrows at a bar where he meets smooth operator Jacob Palmer (a wonderful Ryan Gosling in a rare comedic role), who takes him under his wing.  The two actors have incredible chemistry.  Mr. Carell tones down the comedy and does exemplary dramatic work, while Mr. Gosling amps up the funny.  It's almost unbelievable that future lawyer Hannah (the quirky and terrific Emma Stone) would manage to resist Jacob's lady killer ways at all.

The cast is rounded out by Marisa Tomei as Cal's first successful pick-up after his Jacob make-over; Kevin Bacon as David Lindhagen, Emily's new man.  The Weavers' 13 year old son Robbie (Jonah Bobo) is besotted with their babysitter Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who in turn is infatuated with Cal.  Of course, all sorts of complications, shenanigans and plot twists occur, which I will let you enjoy on your own.  All in all, a charming, non-formulaic romantic comedy that makes truthful-if-painful statements about love.

The DVD is out in stores.

(photo from Movie Poster DB)

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