Premiering on HBO this weekend was last year’s comedy about romance, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
In it, Steve Carell stars as a man whose wife suddenly requests a divorce. Left depressed and disillusioned, Carell is offered advice by a local lothario (Ryan Gosling) for regaining his masculinity. Thus begins a comedy about romance, relationships and resiliency.
With an all-star cast and a fun script, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” was a very entertaining comedy, and an easy movie to recommend to you all.
One evening at dinner, Cal (Steve Carell) is told by his wife of many years (Julianne Moore) that she wants a divorce. It’s stunning news to him, shocking even. She soon compounds it by confessing that she’s recently had an affair. The news is too much for him to handle… he’s devastated. In a semi-comatose daze, he agrees to do whatever she wants in terms of their relationship.
After moving out on his own, he takes to frequenting the local bars. Unfortunately, he’s a complete wreck, and he doesn’t hide it well. He’ll tell anyone who will listen – and many who won’t – exactly what is going on in his life. That his wife was cheating on him, that she left him, that they’re getting divorced… He’s so pathetic that he draws the attention of Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a ladies man who prowls the bars that Cal has been making a scene of himself at. Taking pity on him, Jacob sits Cal down, and gives him some tough-love advice.
He tells Cal he lost his wife because he lost his way as a man.
Thus begins a comedic mentor/mentee relationship, where Jacob trains Cal in the ways of being a not just a man again, but being a ladies man. Eventually, Both Carell and Gosling’s characters are given choices about their behaviours, their relationships and the way they treat women. There’s a number of other comedic subplots going on as well, including the affect the separation is having on Cal’s children, the awkwardness Moore’s character experiences with her lover (Kevin Bacon) now that the shield of being in a marriage has been taken away, and multiple comedies of misunderstanding revolving around the couple’s babysitter. Towards the end, as the relationships build towards their resolutions, the movie mixes in some madcap antics expertly, really amping up the comedy quotient nicely.
With a great cast that also includes Emma Stone and Marisa Tormei, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is overflowing with talent, has a great script and a good heart. I found myself enjoying the movie quite a bit, and have no reservations recommending it to people.