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 recent release of Crazy, Stupid, Love, Emma Stone’s career is on fire. Ryan Gosling, too has had his share of hits this year, starring in Drive and The Idles of March with George Clooney.
Since the summer was a light on the chick flicks, I was anxious to see Crazy, Stupid, Love. But is Crazy, Stupid, Love really a chick flick? 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. I am not sure what to call them…I will have to think of a clever name. Do you have any suggestions?
Crazy, Stupid, Love stars Steve Carrell as Cal, a happily married man who doesn’t realize that his wife, Emily played by Julianne Moore is not 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 night Cal sits at the 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
Emma Stone is Hannah, a law student with a boring, PG-rated love life. Her friend, Liz (Liza Lapira) constantly encourages her to break out of her shell and live a little. The problem is, Hannah is basically just a good girl. One night, after a disappointing evening with her bland boyfriend and too much to drink, Hannah decides to throw caution to the wind and have a one night stand with Jacob, ‘the cute guy at the bar”.
Just how that one night stand turns out leads to some crazy, stupid consequences. After watching Crazy, Stupid Love, I left the theater with a nice warm feeling, which doesn’t happen often. I hope 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.
Crazy, Stupid, Love comes out on DVD Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Also on DVD– November 1, 2011
Water for Elephants