Every now and then a woman craves a romantic comedy. Women want to get lost in a world of romance even if they are in a relationship or not. Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of those films that I knew I would want to see in theaters. On Saturday last weekend at Movies 278, I had the chance to view a film that surprised me on various levels.
The basic premise of the film is about a father’s life who begins to unravel before him. He deals with a martial crisis and attempts to keep a decent relationship with his children in the process. The kicker is the film starts off on a sour note, shown in the previews so know I’m not spoiling anything. Emily (Julianne Moore) and Cal (Steve Carell) are having dinner. Viewers see various interactions of feet beneath tables before reaching Cal and Emily.
The film reveals the lack of chemistry between the married couple. As they two discuss dessert, Cal suggests they split one and say what they want on three and Emily reveals she wants a divorce. If this was not in the commercial, I would say this would be a surprise to everyone including the audiences. After all, we are seeing a romantic comedy and not one that ends up like The Break-Up (2006). In defense of that particular film, the conclusion is baked into the title.
Likewise, the rest of the film follows everyone in Cal’s life and the ramifications of Emily’s decision. Audiences gain insight into Cal’s life more so through Jacob (Ryan Gosling) and his son Robbie (Jonah Bobo). These are the main people that we see Cal with and thus these are the people who gain knowledge of exactly what he seems to be going through. Jacob of course wants to change everything about Cal and even falls into some cliches of romantic comedies in the process. And while Robbie merely wants to understand his own life, the teenage boy notices everything occurring within his father’s life.
In terms of acting, fans of Carrell know that Dan in Real Life (2007) showed audiences another side of himself. However, he shines even more so in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Not only is Carell hilarious, but he has no problem showing his anger toward the cards that life has dealt him. The talent of both Gosling and Stone also amazed me.
Gosling is one of those actors whose movies I have seen the majority of without even realizing it. As a woman, most would assume this is purely based upon his looks, but anyone with common sense knows this man always acts his ass off in his ventures. Then there is Stone who has had me following her since Zombieland (2009). She is becoming one of my favorite actresses to watch. Besides, who does not love her sarcastic wit?
And as stated here, Moore is always a hit or miss for me. By previews she appeared stellar in her performance and thankfully this was the case. Besides the obvious reason the character will bother most people who will watch the film. However once delving further into Moore’s character, the film reveals a side to her character that reveals she was not meant to be the woman we meet at the beginning of the feature.
There are other smaller characters that are a pleasure to watch as well. David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon) of course is overall a good guy, but due to the nature of his role in the film audiences want to hate him. His shining moment is his interaction with Robbie in Emily’s office after an incident at the school.
Then of course there is Robbie and Molly’s (Joey King) babysitter Jessica (Analeigh Tipton). Granted, the actress is not far removed from her teenage years in real life, but she nails the pining adolescent of today’s society. With all the wrong advice to fall into in the world both she portrays female teenagers in a perfect light. All teenagers have their ups and downs, but sometimes through the help of those around them they continue to maintain decency in their lives.
And last but not least, there is Kate (Marisa Tomei). Every single time she is on-screen there is pure comedic genius at work, which makes her character is one to pay close attention to.
On a whole, the screenwriter, Dan Fogelman, does a terrific job keeping moviegoers on their toes. There are many nuances that one does not think about while enjoying the film. In fact, there is not much time to sit and ponder the various revelations exposed toward the end of the film. Besides, there is so much going on within every scene to think too far ahead and this is not a bad thing.
All things considered, these characters keep film-goers entertained for the duration and not once does one wish he or she were somewhere else. This can be said because while viewing the film there were just as many men laughing in the audience as women. When a romantic comedy accomplishes such a feat and achieves viewership of a wide age range success has occurred.
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