Published on Mar 20, 2012
Crazy. Stupid. Love. (2011) "Refreshingly fun and heartwarming drama", 8/10.
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Married young, and for two decades, Carell is getting a divorce after his wife, played by Moore cheats on him with Kevin Bacon. For once, it's a welcome change to see *not* to see the husband constantly painted as the cheating low-life in a movie relationship - but now that he's single, Carell turns to Gosling's character - a 20-something bar-fly pickup artist who attempts to teach the middle-aged man a thing or two about getting back into the dating scene. -CLIP- There are some light-hearted laughs to be found her, which mostly come at the expense of our leading-man... whom you can't help but feel pity for -- Carell does a great job of leaving his type-cast of awkward loser to play a friendly, caring human who has simply lost the will to love again -- who occasionally slips into bouts of awkwardness as well, where we all know Carell superbly excels at. His numerous dating efforts are chronicled in a brilliantly edited single-take steady-cam montage that floats around the bar, with a Carell on a different date in each corner of the room... as Gosling watches his protégé from afar. Gosling exudes so much sexy confidence here, men will want to hang out with him, and women will want to sleep with him - it's no wonder everyone's upset he got snubbed for People's Sexiest Man Alive honor. Moore is truly the standout performer her, beautifully playing opposite Carell in a crumbling relationship she is entirely to blame for, but one she wishes can still work out - the conflict of love, infidelty, and guilt comes through painfully well in her performance. The plot complicates itself tenfold in the final act when the love triangle becomes a trapezoid of nonsense, with a late plot-twist resembling something from an episode of Seinfeld episode. Bizarre surprising coincidences aside, the story somehow remains believable, and moving - directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa do an amazing job of keeping you cheering for all the characters to resolve their situations happily. This film is far from ground-breaking, being filled with plenty of romantic clichés, and characters making grand speeches protesting their undying love to one another, but "Crazy. Stupid. Love" has some very tender moments in it that really separate it from the typical rom-com crap-fest we're subject to every year - the protagonists feel like genuine, flawed human beings going through a difficult time - and not cookie-cutter characters on the screen. The writing is sharp, funny, and most of all, moving - and again, it's worth pointing out that this film is not a sequel, remake, or reboot - but a truly original picture more people ought to be watching these days, least we find ourselves paying money to see The Final Destination 16 in a few years time, luckily for mankind, "Crazy. Stupid. Love" grossed three times it's $45 million dollar budget, so perhaps there's hope for us yet. "Refreshingly fun and heartwarming drama".