Crazy, Stupid, Love.

If one ignores the punctuation of the title (which is, seemingly, deliberately unfriendly to reviewers) then what one gets with Crazy, Stupid, Love is a pretty basic ensemble rom-com. There’s no new ground being broken here and yet… there’s a hint of a genre being perfected amidst the pangs of love, stupidity and insanity that populate this movie. This would make a much better companion piece for The Kids Are All Right than, say, He’s Not That Into You (and that’s not just the Julianne Moore effect), which is high praise indeed.

The basic gist of the movie is that Steve Carell is getting dumped by his wife, who’s tired of the daily routine of married life. Nothing terribly original there. At a bar Steve Carell happens to bump into the Coolest Man on Earth® and has his life transforms in ways that seem really awesome but, somewhat predictably, turn out to be deeply flawed. The deepest flaw of all is Marisa Tomei who threatens to derail the humanity of the film with her trademark nympho/psycho routine but luckily she gets less screen time than any other Oscar winner, ever.

For me this movie was about the men (and perhaps my perspective would be different if I were female) Carell, always funny and affecting, and Gosling, the Coolest Man on Earth®. Julianne Moore is an actress that I can acknowledge as always being very good without ever really warming to her and Emma Stone does the same shtick every film but it’s a good shtick and she works it admirably. Props also to Analeigh Tipton who, as well as being gorgeous, is convincing as the object of perversion and purveyor of perversion in equal measure.

Only let down by an overly schmaltzy denouement, CSL is fun, sexy and, most importantly, cooler than an ice pie.

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4.5
Title: Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Director(s): Glenn Ficara and John Requa
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon
Certificate: 12a
Running Time: Apparently 140 minutes which seems absurd

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