Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling are crazy, stupid, and in love in probably the best rom-com of the year so far.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of those multiple story movies that actually works and intertwines them extremely well. Steve Carell leads the all-star cast as Cal who has just been told by his wife (Julianna Moore) that she wants a divorce from him. He copes with this by going to a bar wallowing in self pity. Luckily this grabs the eye of playboy and the consistently funny Ryan Gosling who takes Carell under his wing and teaches him “how to recapture his manhood.” The story lines are not as direct as say a movie like Valentine’s Day but there are still multiple ones for example Gosling-Carell, Carell-Moore, Stone-Gosling, Bacon-Moore, etc. By far my favorite performance from the movie was that of Ryan Gosling. He was uncharacteristically funny and you could tell enjoyed playing this role. I also enjoyed the lovable Emma Stone as the love interest of Gosling’s who as usual is quirky and always has quick funny lines much like her role in Easy A. The flaws I found in this movie really don’t destroy it but still lingered with me after leaving. I didn’t really find a reason for the divorce of Carell and Moore other than to have it as a plot point. It seemed contrived and just forced on us at the beginning and other than her cheating on him just once it really seemed like they could just use some therapy and maybe a montage to recapture their love rather than just seperating. I also found the relationship between Emma Stone and her boyfriend before Ryan Gosling to be kind of random and I didn’t really understand why she was so fed up with him and could of used some more detail onto what went on between them.
In conclusion, Crazy, Stupid, Love is a very fun and enjoyable film that is one of the lucky smart romantic comedies that I love to see.