Crazy, Stupid, Love. was a surprisingly good and emotionally honest romantic comedy. I actually wouldn’t mind watching it again to take in all of the nuance of the story and the performances.
The film has several things going for it; first and foremost is Steve Carell. He’s one of my favorites, and his ability to turn from hilarious to dramatic is really quite good. It makes me want to see Foxcatcher all the more.
Secondly, the film has a lot of honesty. It is honest about marriage and relationships. In the world of the film, marriage is a very sacred thing, which I appreciated. It also does not hold divorce in high esteem, or see it as something quick and easy as society does largely. The humor of the film is honest, as is the drama. Both are awkward at times, sometimes going into Office Space-level awkward, as it should be.
What may be worth exploring in a more in-depth review is the film’s look at two opposing male lifestyles: the responsible family man and the unfeeling womanizer. The character arcs of both Cal and Jacob reflect the biblical narrative to be sure, which was a breath of fresh air. Far too many films today glamorize the empty existence of promiscuity.
“From My Wife’s Shelf” is definitely off to a great start. Crazy, Stupid, Love. comes highly recommended.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone,
Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon
Written by Dan Fogelman
Directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
When my lovely wife and I got married in November 2013, we both knew our lives would change. We were now one, as described in Scripture, and would share everything for the rest of our lives.
One of the things that we have in common is we both really like movies and TV, and we both own a lot of movies. A lot.
We own many of the same films, but there are some that are very different from each other. For each Citizen Kane, there is a The Devil Wears Prada. Many of the movies she has I hadn’t seen, most likely because I had not heard of them or I wasn’t interested. Mind you, her selections are not just relegated to rom-coms and chick flicks (though there are many). There are some very classic films in her collection which I have still not seen (she has a thing for Cary Grant).
In an effort to get to know my wife a little bit more (which is always a good thing), I’m going to start watching all of the movies she has brought into our home. Though I have my preconceived notions about certain films, I will hold my judgement until the end credits.
These reviews will be shorter that my usual in-depth look at a film – just quick points about what I liked and didn’t like. If I feel that the themes expressed in the film warrant a more detailed look, I will do that as well.
“Boy, we did good, didn’t we?” – Zeek Braverman
NBC’s Parenthood just ended last week. Though my wife and I lament its end, thinking as show star Craig T. Nelson did that the show could have gone on longer, we both thought that the end we were given was as satisfying as it could have been. Continue reading