The name of the movie is Crazy, Stupid, Love. Well, two out of three ain’t bad, right? Turns out, it isn’t so good either.
Steve Carell is a very funny man. He has a way of injecting comedy when you least expect it. He doesn’t go for loud and over the top gestures to get laughs. Instead, he maintains a level of seriousness that makes it hard to tell when something funny is going to happen. With Steve Carell, comedy comes quick and suddenly and thus the laughs are loud, but short. There are many of these laughs to be had during Crazy, Stupid, Love. Unfortunately, there isn’t much else that works.
The first two thirds of Crazy, Stupid, Love contains most of the aforementioned laughter as a husband, wife, son, babysitter, ladies man, and uh, Emma Stone, deal with all sorts of relationship issues. Unfortunately, the last third of the movie goes completely off the rails and lives up to the first two words in its title. The problem is that a comedy with a touch of seriousness decides to suddenly become both the wackiest over the top comedy and the most serious film of the year in what amounts to the stupidest, craziest, climax possible.
There are two speeches given at the end of the film that are the most unbelievable set of speeches that could ever be spoken in a film. The speeches are highly unbelievable not so much because the characters wouldn’t say these things, but because no one would be crazy enough to listen to them or, even worse, actually care about them. In fact, these suppossedly serious speeches probably generate more laughs than anything else in the film.
Really, this is the most disappointing kind of movie. It’s almost entertaining enough to recommend. There are lots of good laughs throughout. Even some of the serious aspects work at first. However, it just falls apart so completely and so quickly during its ridiculous climax that the film leaves one in a state of total shock and disbelief at what has just taken place. Crazy, stupid, sure. Love, however, is not a word I would ever use for this film.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is playing in Cambridge at the Entertainment Cinema (Reviewed here). This reviewer saw it at the Sand Theater in Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Walking into the Sand Theater is like walking into another dimension. There is only one movie playing in a day and only around 7 and 9 pm. Also, the movies rotate throughout the various theaters on the island so there is a different movie playing depending on the day of the week. There is only one concession stand, one box office, and there were no previews before the movie. The movie started a little late, but I suspect that was to make sure that everyone got in the theater before the movie started. An interesting place to see a movie for sure. If you are feeling adventurous, see it there, or check movie showtimes and see it wherever is most convenient for you.