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Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 09:17

Crazy, Stupid, Love.There are few romantic-comedies out there that inspect the nature of long-term relationships and how much love can change over the years. Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of a rare breed that is both funny and heartwarming while taking a look at life after lust.

Carrell and MooreSteve Carrell, the comedy world’s “Everyman”, is in a slump although he doesn’t know it. His character Cal works his nine-to-five, comes home to a beautiful wife and has a great relationship with his kids. Until the American dream slaps him in the face when his wife reveals she wants a divorce. It turns out that Emily (Julianne Moore) has been sleeping with a co-worker and looking for ways to add some spice to her life behind the back of her oblivious husband.

Look at those abs...Cal is in shock and goes into autopilot, drinking away his evenings at a bar while loudly broadcasting his personal drama to anyone within earshot. One of those people happens to be Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a perfect specimen of a man who knows his assets and makes the most of them by picking up every woman he sets his smoldering gaze on. Jacob decides that Cal is the perfect project and decides to help him get over his failed marriage.

Gosling and StoneWithout giving away too much, I’ll say that there is a lot going on here in terms of story and the relationships between characters. Nothing is cut and dry, even between Cal and his wife. No one is portrayed as the villain and all of the characters are well fleshed-out and realistic. There are some very strong performances by Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore, complimented by the rest of the cast. Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon both make an appearance as alternative love-interests who help the couple realize what they lost. Ryan Gosling is hilarious as the cocky ladies man with the killer abs! I especially like Emma Stone, who plays Hanna, the cute but quirky girl who seems to be the only one that can resist Jacob’s charms.

Things tie up a little too conveniently at the end, not really in keeping with the realistic tone of the movie, but the laughs along the way are worth it.

INFOKERNALS:

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Starring Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling.

Ryan Gosling was born in London, Ontario and got his big break on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1989.

Emma Stone also stars in The Help, which will be in theatres this weekend!