DVD Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

by | Nov 29th, 2011 | 1:30PM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, Movies

DVD Review: This delightful tale of sexy people (and Steve Carell) has as much to do with real-life relationships as Horrible Bosses does with workplace issues. But because its terrific actors handling the script’s increasingly unlikely events with great humor and charm, Crazy, Stupid, Love ends up one of the year’s most entertaining rom-coms (or brom-coms).

The following is a reprint of Redblog’s review of Crazy, Stupid, Love on its theatrical release this summer. Crazy, Stupid, Love is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Redbox.

Ostensibly Crazy, Stupid, Love is a roundelay of good, deep-down decent people flailing in romances gone wrong. There’s Steve Carell, divorced by his movie wife Julianne Moore (always effortlessly great) because she’s having a mid-life crisis that involves zero degrees of naked separation from Kevin Bacon.

And their son (Zathura’s Jonah Bobo) is a middle-schooler doomed to crush on his high-school babysitter (America’s Top Model’s Analeigh Tipton, earnestly and gawkily acquitting herself well in her major-role debut), who in turn is hopelessly in love with Carell’s own boring, safe, solid self. (Don’t worry, it’s completely unbeknownst to him.)

Meanwhile Ryan Gosling’s pick-up artist Jacob doesn’t deploy lines as much as rattle off a relentlessly confident attitude–his smile is even more devastating than those pecs, and he even comes with his own Moroccan Morricone theme music. Naturally he falls for the One Girl Who Doesn’t Buy His Shtick (at least not at first): the always sexy dorky Emma Stone, who doesn’t so much have her own character as she weaves in and out of the narrative when needed by others’ story arcs.

So as surely as Gosling will school Carell in how to dress right (with exasperated exclamations like, “Be better than the Gap”) and score bar chicks, soon the tables will turn and Jacob will need the older man’s advice on relationships that run deeper than just charming women into bed with a sure-fire Dirty Dancing move.

Crazy, Stupid, Love keeps Carell and Moore’s grown-up marriage and divorce at its center, but deep down writer Dan Fogelman (Cars 1 & 2, Tangled) and co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa  (I Love You Phillip Morris) only have eyes for Carell and Gosling’s bromance—their scenes crackle with an energy and mutual affection missing from the movie’s other love plots. (Though Gosling and Stone are ridiculously attractive together.)

As further proven this fall with Drive and The Ides of March, Gosling is easily one of our best working actors under 40, and even in a lightweight bit of entertainment like this he feels almost supernaturally committed to the role.

Funny as Gosling is, he may have a little ways to go before he’s as funny as Steve Carell–but Carell himself also needs more time before he’s completely purged the Michael Scott DNA from his comedic system. We’ve seen this character before from Carell–eyes wide, mouth in a panicked grin of fear, choking on desperate bluster and jaunty impotency–but it works beautifully here bouncing off Gosling’s bemused mentorship.

Ficarra and Requa love them some nervous high-speed cross talking, and for the most part they keep Crazy, Stupid, Love clicking right along. Though inevitably thin on real emotions, overall the film feels quick on its feet but centered enough to keep the viewer invested. On the occasions things start to sag, either Gosling takes his shirt off or Marisa Tomei shows up to steal scenes with the manic, goofball glee of a crazed sex ferret.

All these seductively likable actors carry the film over its multiplying conveniences, though eventually all those intertwining character arcs and plot mechanisms can’t help but end in a contrived Three’s Company/Curb Your Enthusiasm pileup. (There’s a real whopper of a narrative contortion near the end.)

And Fogelman’s script eventually runs out of moves–it fails to stick a genuinely satisfying ending, relying instead on a grab bag of rom-com clichés.

But Moore and Stone; Bacon and Tomei; Bobo and Tipton; and most of all Gosling and Carell make Crazy, Sexy, Love a witty bit of warmhearted entertainment that’s very, very easy to fall for.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Redbox.

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6 Responses to “DVD Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    navarro07
    Posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

     

  1. Fiirvoen
    Posted on December 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Much more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

  2. Tv Person
    Posted on December 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I am always amazed that such gifted actors such as Moore and Gosling, would stoop to even consider a part in this kind of banal, boring, empty and childish rubbish. The script is atrocious too. I can kind of understand Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei doing it, as they were really actors of the 80′s and 90′s and probably need the cash but all in all, it is a movie experience for people who do not want to bother to think. There is zero depth in this film so be warned. The story is about a couple who divorce and then the man who is played by Carel (and this is no stretch for him)is basically a type cast from the 40 Year Old Virgin days, with only one relationship in his life. He goes to a bar and a playboy , performed by Gosling, decides to teach him how to pick up women. At this point the film degenerates into sexist drivel and again puts women on the level of eye candy and casual sex nymphomaniacs; only there for the pleasure of men. This kind of script went out in the 1970′s in case anyone isn’t noticing. It is a poisonous little film because it carries all the neurosis of contemporary society wrapped up in stupid jokes that would entice a teenage boy at age 15. Avoid at all costs. I do not respect actors who make this kind of tripe.

    • Currently 3/5 Stars
    mjpj2000
    Posted on December 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Wow TV Person, you really hated this one. I thought Ryan Gosling’s performance was magnificent. If you didn’t at least think his performance was good, who should even listen to your opinion?

  3. Beds
    Posted on December 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Yesterday, I came here to see the movie’s review so me and my buddies (a group of 8 guys)would check this movie tonight. It was rated 7.9 and most of the reviews were positive and encouraging (The best rom com in years, something different, a must see, none stop laughing, good for male audience, bla bla bla).So I was so sure that it’s going to be a great movie or at least a good one.

  4. Victoria Menavusar
    Posted on December 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Aside from Steve Carell and Juliane Moore, we have Kevin Bacon, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, and Emma Stone.