Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Published: August 3, 2011
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
By now you’ve seen the trailer for this most-adult comedy of the summer: Marrieds Cal (Steve Carrell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) sit quietly in a restaurant looking at the dessert menu. She says she doesn’t know what she wants, He says, on the count of three, say it at the same time. “I want a divorce” versus “crème brûlée.” What you don’t see in the trailer is the beginning of the movie, a montage of couples’ feet under tables everywhere, fancy and flirty, until we settle on Cal’s feet in horrible white sneakers and Emily’s gorgeous heels. Boring Cal wants a mild, one-note dessert and Emily wants to change her life.
Funny, deep Crazy, Stupid, Love, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and written by Dan Fogelman, is about a marriage that’s fallen apart, but other people and their stories connect. Cal moves out immediately after finding out Emily slept with her co-worker David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon), and he starts hitting a swanky bar where he meets up with neighbor and friend Bernie (the always funny John Carroll Lynch) who downs a glass of white wine and breaks up with Cal because his wife Claire (Beth Littleford) says so, in that way coupled friends of broken-up couples pick one person over the other. So Cal’s in the dumps when he meets Jacob (Ryan “Hey girl” Gosling), the bar’s sure-shot Lothario, who offers to help Cal get his mojo back.
Hannah (the everywhere these days but still delightful Emma Stone) is the one woman who can say she’s met and did not go home with Jacob, despite pressure from her sassy friend Liz (Liza Lapira) and the tears of boredom brought on by her boyfriend Richard (Josh Groban), who’s kind of a dick. Cal and Emily’s babysitter with baby-giraffe-tall legs Jessica (Analeigh Tipton) is in love with Cal, and their teenage son Robbie (Jonah Bobo) is in love with the two-years-older Jessica. Whew. Plus, Marisa Tomei plays Kate and that you will just have to see for yourself.
It wouldn’t do to give away any of the funny coincidences that get sprung on the audience to great effect—just know that the filmmakers throw characters together in the most uncomfortable positions—like meeting your ex at the grocery store times 156—adding layers of complicated emotion to funny scenes. Love does make you do crazy and stupid things, but falling in the first place is the riskiest move of them all.
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