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Crazy Stupid Love

A movie directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

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'Crazy Stupid Love' 'Two Jews On Film' Once Again Only One Feels The Love In This Romantic Comedy

  • Jul 27, 2011

'Crazy Stupid Love'  written by Dan Fogelman (Cars) opens with a shot of two sets of feet underneath a table in a restaurant. The feet belong to Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) and his wife Emily (Julianne Moore)  Their feet are very far apart from one another...which tells us...something is not quite right with this couple.

As Cal studies the menu, he says to his wife...'Let's shout out on three what we want'  But before he gets to three, Emily blurts out...'I want a divorce'.  Not exactly what Cal was expecting.

Cal, up to now, has been living the 'American Dream'...great kids, nice house, good job...Cal's been married to Emily since high school and she's the only woman he's ever slept with.  Quickly he's life starts to unravel.

Cal moves out, gets a small apartment and spends his evenings in a local hip bar.  Night after night, he drowns his sorrows in alcohol, telling no one in particular, that his wife had intercourse with her co-worker, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon) and she wants a divorce.

Also at the bar, is a very handsome 30ish, big time player...Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).  Jacob, using some of the most cheezy pick-up lines you've ever heard, manages to go home with a different hot, sexy, gorgeous woman every night.

 One night, fed up with Cal's non stop whining, Jacob goes up to him and says...'Cal you've got a kind face...You've got a good head of hair...I'm going to help you rediscover your manhood'.  

First stop...Century City Mall, where Jacob picks out a whole new wardrobe for Cal...Followed by a new 'do', (forget Super Cuts) and a facial to get rid of his eye pouches.

 After studying Jacob's moves, Cal is ready to go out there and score.  And does he ever, starting with the over-the-top, hysterically funny, Marisa Tomei.

What makes 'Crazy Stupid Love' such a unique romantic comedy is that shows us how three different generations experience love.

 Besides Cal and Emily's story, we have their son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo) who is hopelessly in love with his babysitter, 17 year old Jessica (Analeigh Taylor).  Meanwhile, Jessica is in love with Cal.

 Then of course there's Jacob who thinks love is the last thing he wants...until he meets Hannah (Emma Stone)

'Crazy Stupid Love' takes us on a journey with these very real characters.  And most of all, the film shows us how stupidcrazy and messy love can be...And at the same time, it's something everyone wants...whether people know it or not.

The 'Two Jews On Film' who have been madly in love for twenty years, once again disagree, but I guess that just proves...opposites attract.

   'Crazy Stupid Love' is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris)   

The film opens in theaters Friday July 30, 2011.  

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
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August 04, 2011
I am sure I will eventually see this, excellent and fun review as always.
August 04, 2011
Thanks so much. Yes don't miss this one.
July 27, 2011
very fun review! I love the cast so chances are I'll see this at some point, even though I am not big on rom-coms. Madly in love for 20 years? awesome!
July 27, 2011
Thanks alot. Our review for Cowboys and Aliens is coming up tonight. Hint - One of us thought it was absolutely fantastic
July 27, 2011
awesome!! I am eager to read it. The one who liked it was you right, Joan? Just do the same way you always do to post your reviews, I'll fix the topic if need be. I'll stand by tonight.
July 27, 2011
you got it.
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I'll give them crazy and stupid.
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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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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