I decided to watch this movie because it had a great cast and because the trailer showed great potential, and when I finished watching it I was really glad I did, because Crazy Stupid Love is a really good romantic comedy. It has everything a good rom-com should have; humour, love, emotion and good chemistry between its actors. And even though it did make use of a lot of clichés, it did it in a way that made it seem original. Because there were some very good twists and turns in the movie, I will try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. I was genuinely surprised at more than one point during the movie (which I’m usually not) and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.
The movie is about Cal (played by Steve Carell), who after his wife tells him at dinner that she wants a divorce, responds by not responding at all. He starts spending most of his time at a bar where he annoys all the guests by talking loudly about how his wife had an affair with David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon), one of her co-workers. After a few nights of this he is approached by Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a young ladies man who goes home with a new girl every night. He makes Cal his new project and takes him out for new wardrobe and teaches him how to pick up women. However, he is not all that interested in the new women when it comes down to it, because he is still harbouring feelings for his wife.
Jacob on the other hand, has no problem getting women to come home with him, until he meets Hannah (Emma Stone), who is almost done passing her bar exam to become a lawyer. She rejects him when he puts the moves on her and he moves on quickly. When Hannah passes the bar exam her boyfriend (played by Josh Groban) fails to ask her to marry him and in fit of rebellion she walks into the bar and finds Jacob, and the two of them make a connection through some incredibly funny scenes.
Also a big part of the story is Cal’s son, Robbie, who is madly in love with his babysitter who is 4 years older than him, and not afraid to show it. She, on the other hand, is madly in love with Cal, which makes the situation even more awkward as the story progresses.
The acting is great. I had no idea that Ryan Gosling could do comedy, but he does it really well in this movie. Steve Carell is undeniably a great comedian, and he has great chemistry with Ryan Gosling, which in my opinion is what makes this movie as enjoyable as it is. While it definitely focuses on both Jacob and Cal’s respective romantic relationships and their growth, it is just as much about the bromance between the two men. Good chemistry can also be found between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and it’s not hard to believe the connection between them.
All in all, it’s a romantic comedy that has both depth and a lot of great humoristic moments. The acting is great, and the actors are good-looking as well. My last comment on this will be that I love the difference between how they presented Steve Carell’s character versus how they present Ryan Gosling’s character (both times, actually). It is made very clear what they are supposed to represent.
Go see it!