INTRODUCTION: Crazy, Stupid, Love follows married man Cal (Steve Carrel) whose life is turned upside-down when his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore) tells him he cheated on him and wants a divorce. While drinking at a bar, Cal meets ladies man Jacob (Ryan Gosling) who helps Cal become a ladies man himself. The film also stars Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei.
THE REVIEW: Crazy, Stupid, Love may not be the movie I normally review, but the trailers look funny so I figured I'd give it a shot. And while, yes, it did have it's fair share of problems, in the end, I liked it. Let's get the good out of the way first, shall we.
The best part of this movie is the cast. Everyone brings their A game. The movie accomplishes one of the hardest things to do in film well, and that's having a large cast of A-list actors and develop each one to the point were the audience actually really cares what happens to them. It also help that the film is very funny. Scenes like when Cal first meet Tomei or the backyard scene at the end are turely hilarious.
However, when it comes to cliches the movie does faulter a little. Some cilches are humorously turned on their heads, while other are played straight. There is no real surprises as to how this movie will play out. And while all the characters feel developed, that doesn't mean the movie shouldn't have been cut down. The film is overly long. It's 107 minutes long, but the film could have easily been cut down to 90 minutes. The whole story between cal's son and his babysitter could have been cut out and the film would be no different.
THE VERDICT: Crazy, Stupid, Love too long, cilched and a little cluttered. However, the film is undeniably funny and sweet, with a great cast and developed characters. Overall, Crazy, Stupid, Love is 5.5 out of 6.