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