Go catch Crazy, Stupid, Love at theaters across the OKC-Metro area. Including downtown at Harkins, in Moore at the Warren, up north at AMC at Quail Springs, or over at TinselTown off of Martin Luther King, Avenue.
Approx. Run Time: 118 Minutes
Starring: Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Marriage can be tough, if a married couple tells you it isn’t, they’re lying. Things can happen on a daily basis to drive you together, cause a fight, and so on. Marriage is a constantly fluctuating relationship. After a quarter of a century, both partners have certainly had different obstacles, mindsets, and ideas that can cause harm to the relationship—if not handled correctly. But the argument comes up: is there only one love out there for a person, and if you lose your grip on that soul mate, how hard do you fight to get ‘em back?
That’s the sort of relationship that Crazy, Stupid, Love looks at. Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore) have been married for twenty-five years. And in that time, Cal has become lazy. Their marriage is nothing like it used to be. When she blurts out post-dinner that she wants a divorce, Cal goes into a sort of shock state. After getting the news he heads back out to a bar, where he proceeds to make a fool of himself to anyone who will listen. He catches the attention of the young playboy Jacob (Gosling). Jacob soon takes Cal under his wing, so that he can try to move on, past Emily.
That’s the basic set-up, and there are a lot more relationships and sub-plots at play. Each of the characters has someone that they love: Cal’s son loves the babysitter, the babysitter loves Cal, Jacob meets a girl who could be a “game changer”. There is a lot of love going around. And at times the movie seems cynical of love and soul mates, and those sorts of things. But that is just a device to help drive home the point that you have to fight for your one love. Marriage isn’t something you just patch, and it’s all fine and dandy. People are human, and you have to WORK through things.
Steve Carell has shown before that he is an extremely capable actor, but he is outdone in nearly every scene that he shares with Ryan Gosling. Gosling is one of the best actors working right now. He can do just about anything you want him to. His character arch plays out very nicely in this movie. Emma Stone is great, as always. The cast all share a great chemistry, and it is the characters that truly drive this movie. They are human, they are real. You feel for them, you’re scared for them; you’re even embarrassed for them. This is a very strongly acted affair, especially from Gosling. Of course you also have strong hands in the form of Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, and Marisa Tomei rounding out the supporting cast.
Final Decree: This movie has some truly funny moments in it. It also tugs at the heartstrings more than once. And it is easily one of my favorite movies of the year, thus far. However, I will warn some of my readers it does get a bit dirty at times, strongly pushing the PG-13 envelope several times. Think Easy A. And, also like Easy A, I wouldn’t mind catching this one again.