Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Coated with Realism

I personally love movies that reflect real life, but not completely. My personal favorites have to do with the audience being able to see real life in the film, but have the film still be out there enough to feel like a movie, because that’s also important. If I had my pick on how the film was “out there”, I would say by choosing comedy as the genre. That way, they can tackle real problems that people face every day, and use a different spin on them. That’s exactly how you can quickly sum up the theme of Crazy, Stupid Love.

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) just received the worse news of his life. His wife, Emily (Julianne Moore) has slept with another man and wants a divorce. Just like that, his life is flipped upside down. He finds solace at a local bar, where a slick gentleman by the name of Jacob (Ryan Gosling) teaches Cal the tricks of being a player, and taking beautiful women home. All the while, Jacob has his eyes on Hanna (Emma Stone), who may just change the very way that Jacob sees women. Meanwhile, Cal’s son deals with a crush on his babysitter.

This movie is life, just plain and simple. Divorce rates are high, people are going to bars for intimate encounters, and kids are falling in love way too young. This movie does a good job at portraying reality in a favorable light. Steve Carell has played depressed while simultaneously playing a lovable, funny guy before, so he was clearly in his element here. The realism involved was actually really staggering for a comedy. That just proves that life itself tends to have a comedic side. Of course, it’s not always funny, and this movie also had quite a bit of serious scenes, as well as awkward moments.

The acting in this film was actually very well done from everyone involved. There was a lot of character development and change involved, and you really care about these people on the screen. If you think about it, the direction was really quite simple, but done really well at the same time. Being a fan of Steve Carell, I never knew what to expect from this film, because it reminded me of the look of The 40 Year Old Virgin, which was (from my recollection) really appalling, and both that movie and this had to do with his character looking for sex. Now, this was what The 40 Year Old Virgin wasn’t…more mature, with more of a heart, and I really like that fact.

I’m not really sure why, but the movie actually looked really cool. I mean if you just watch the film shot by shot, there isn’t anything particular in each shot that makes it special, but it feels right, like whoever was behind the visuals for this film knew exactly what they were doing. I really enjoyed how this movie looked.

I really enjoyed the acting, the lights, the camerawork, the visuals, the writing…a lot of it was actually really well done. I don’t, however, care to own it, because the movie as a whole just doesn’t seem perfect. I have no problem whatsoever renting this film now and then, because I honestly think it is well done, but I won’t be buying it.


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