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Crazy Stupid Love

A movie directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

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I'll give them crazy and stupid.

  • Jul 31, 2011


Written by Dan Fogelman

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone


Jacob: Be better than the Gap.


Well, I’ll give them “crazy” and “stupid” but that’s pretty much where the love stops for me. CRAZY STUPID LOVE is yet another romantic comedy that gets lost in all the crazy highs and stupid lows we have all come to associate with that elusive and all encompassing emotion we call love. And while love certainly causes all of us to exercise poor judgment from time to time without question, a good chunk of us still crave its complexity regardless. We’ve all certainly been there but hopefully when we were there, we were nowhere near as pathetic and clichéd as this ensemble comedy is.


CRAZY STUPID LOVE is the second directorial effort from duo, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I LOVE YOU PHILIP MORRIS), and even though two heads should be better than one, you would think no one was in charge from how aimless and tired this plot plays out. Their choices, when they actually make any, are simple enough for any love struck idiot to understand. We know from the moment the film starts that the love is gone for Cal and Emily (Steve Carell and Julianne Moore) by what they’re wearing on their feet. Everyone at the restaurant is playing footsy under the table with their fancy footwear except for these two. Cal is wearing running shoes so we know he’s given up trying. He also drinks from a straw and his wife does the driving so we know he’s a sad man. At one point, they end up in an argument in a school parking lot, shortly after it looks like they might reconcile no less, and it begins to rain down on Carell after Moore walks away from him dramatically. “What a cliché,” he exclaims and I could not have agreed any more.


After Cal and Emily separate at the beginning of the film, Cal tries to get back out there. This is where he meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a smooth operator, who for some inexplicable reason, takes pity on Cal and decides to help him become a real man. Of course, becoming a man people can respect means buying into a world of materialism and detachment, two paths that certainly do not lead you to love. As fantastic as it is to watch Gosling let loose for a change, it is clear from the start that ultimately it will be his womanizing ways that will need adjusting in order for him to find happiness, especially if he intends to land the beautiful Hannah (Emma Stone). And as if there weren’t enough tumultuous love plots intersecting already, screenwriter, Dan Fogelman (TANGLED), gives us a few more love conundrums to ponder involving a babysitter with an inappropriate crush, a 13-year old lovesick boy and Kevin Bacon. The point is to distract and make us laugh but all it does is weight the whole project with heavy awkwardness instead.


I will not pretend to know anything really about love. It comes in different forms and we can only know what it does to us as individuals when we’re in it. I can say that my experience has been that it is a transformative emotion well worth every pain that comes with it. It is tricky enough to navigate in the real world though and hard to take seriously in a world as contrived as the one created in CRAZY STUPID LOVE. While Ficarra and Requa attempt to convey how our modern society has made it even more difficult to find love and hold on to it once we have it, they still hold true to the archaic notion that we all have one perfect partner, a soul mate if you will, waiting out there for us to find. As far as love in the present day goes, that notion is about as stupid and crazy as they come.

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I'll give them crazy and stupid. I'll give them crazy and stupid. I'll give them crazy and stupid.

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August 03, 2011
Nice review! I wasn't interested in this one. I'll probably stay away, especially after reading your thoughts.
August 14, 2011
Not worth bothering.
August 15, 2011
I agree. We watched the trailer because we thought about seeing this for my birthday. I'm glad we didn't. Instead, we saw "The Help."
August 25, 2011
How did you like The Help?
September 17, 2011
It was better than I expected. They handled the subject matter in a way that it didn't trivialize the actual stories from the help. Did you see this one?
September 29, 2011
I did. My review has got to be on here somewhere. The book was better but when is it not?
August 03, 2011
Guess I will skip this, great review.
August 14, 2011
Thanks, you're better off.
July 31, 2011
I may get dragged to see either this or The Smurfs tonight; I do like the cast but I'd prefer to stay home and watch some HBO rather than go out. This had some good reviews, but I think my reaction may be the same as yours. Nice review, Joseph!
August 03, 2011
I want to see "The Smurfs!" :D
August 14, 2011
Oh, The Smurfs ... The shame!
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review by . July 30, 2011
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Star Rating:         Crazy, Stupid, Love. is very much a movie, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The fact that it’s so innately cinematic, however, ultimately diminished my ability to appreciate it on a deeper level. This is somewhat disappointing because there are select moments so well written and performed that they show a great deal of intelligence and warmth on the part of directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and screenwriter Dan Fogelman …
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date: 29 July 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Dan Fogelman
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