Since this year was a bit light on the chick flicks, I was anxious to see Crazy, Stupid, Love. It is a love story, but it’s Steve Carrell’s love story, which puts it into the same category as (500) Days of Summer and even Super 8. This is a love story from the man’s point of view.
Steve Carrell, the inept manager from The Office is Cal, a happily married forty-something guy who doesn’t realize that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore) is not quite as happily married as he is. After learning that Emily has had an affair and wants a divorce, Cal finds himself at a trendy bar, where he meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a charming lady’s man who goes home with a different lady every night.
Night after sad night Cal sits at in a swanky bar, drinking, feeling sorry for himself and telling the sad sorry of Emily’s infidelity to anyone who will listen.
Eventually, Jacob takes pity on Cal and takes him under his wing, as a sort of apprentice wingman. He helps Cal with his wardrobe, conversation skills and just like Mr. Miyagi, Cal not only regains his confidence but also learns how to pick up women.
On The Other Side of Town
This has been a very good year for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. With the much release of The Help, a starring role in The Amazing Spiderman with Andrew Garfield and the release of Crazy, Stupid, Love, Emma Stone’s career is on fire.
Emma Stone is Hannah, a law student leading a boring love life. With the constant encouragement of her friend, Liz and a couple of drinks she takes a chance and breaks out of her shell. Hannah throws caution to the wind and has a one night stand with Jacob, the cute guy at the bar.
How that one-night stand turns out leads to some crazy, stupid consequences.
Watching Crazy, Stupid Love gives me a nice warm feeling. This doesn’t happen often. Most modern chick flicks, romantic comedies are disappointing for reasons we’ve talked about before.
I hope I’m am not spoiling the movie by saying that there is a happy ending. An ending that gives you a little faith in the power of love. And who couldn’t use a little of that power in their lives?
I know I could.