Wilson County News
TNMCRichardson Chevrolet homeRE/MAX home
Wilson County News • 1012 C St • Floresville • TX • 78114 • Ph: 830-216-4519 • Fax: 830-393-3219 • Email:
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
Login
Not a subscriber? Click here.
Are you a WCN subscriber?
Set up your password.

 
E-Mail
Password
  Remember me
 
  Forgot password?
La Vernia News
Google
Google

Preview the Paper
Preview this week's Paper
WCN Real Estate Guide
WCN Medical Guide
Eagle Ford Directory
WCN PHOTOS big blue button
Wilson County News Subscribe Today
Newspapers In Education home
WCN Coupons

Movie Reviews

Crazy, Stupid, Love


Crazy, Stupid, Love


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
August 9, 2011
2240 views
Post a comment

Steve Carell & Ryan Gosling
anchor strong cast in clever comedy

Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone

Directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa

PG-13, 118 min.

Finally, a “romantic comedy” that lives up to its label.

Both riotously funny and heartwarmingly sweet, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” sprouts from the breakup of a married couple, Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore), high school sweethearts who wed young, started a family and slowly let the magic slip away. “We stopped being us,” she tells him.

Emily tentatively rekindles her office romance with a lovestruck coworker (Kevin Bacon, with just the right touch of supporting-cast charisma). Cal licks his wounds at an upscale bar, where he meets the slick, super-smooth ladies’ man Jacob (Ryan Gosling), who takes pity on his new sad sack acquaintance and agrees to give him a head-to-toe makeover.

Cal’s first “conquest” on the singles scene is a schoolteacher (Marisa Tomei) whose extracurricular enthusiasm both thrills and alarms him.

The male-mentoring relationship between Cal and Jacob puts the movie’s wheels in motion. But the ride also includes Cal and Emily’s 13-year-old son, his unrequited crush on his older, 17-year-old babysitter (Annaleigh Tipton, actually 23 and terrific), and the babysitter’s secret pining for an older man. That would be Cal, who may be newly “available,” but nonetheless remains completely oblivious to the swooning schoolgirl.

When suave Jacob falls for a smart, sensible law student (an effervescent Emma Stone) who initially doesn’t melt with his come-on lines, the stage is fully set for an eventual collision of lives, libidos, and loves that come together in a comedic crescendo.

The fun of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is in the intersection of its multi-generational characters, in ways they don’t always see coming. Neither does the audience. That’s thanks to a sharp, clever and well-constructed script, and the sure footing of co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who never forget the basic, inherent goodness of the people whose hearts drive the story.

Stone and Gosling have a touching “seduction” scene that doesn’t end up the way either one of their characters anticipated, and Carell and Moore share an exceptionally potent, emotional stirring moment in a telephone conversation about, of all things, a water heater’s pilot light.

The hokey landing (a big, public, only-in-the-movies declaration of love) is a bit choppy, but for the most part, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” flies straight and true, a Cupid’s arrow that hits its mark. Courtship can be crazy, it tells us, and passion often makes people do and say some pretty stupid things. But love, when you finally find it, is always worth fighting for.

--Neil Pond, American Profile
 


Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Movie Reviews


Triple R DC Experts
Voncille Bielefeld home
Heavenly Touch home
Allstate & McBride Realty
Blue Moon Karaoke & DJ
La Vernia Hammerfest

Wilson County Meat Market complimentary
Sherwood Surveying
Pat Brown Realtors, Inc. home
Caraway Ford
Sacred Heart School home
John D. Foster home
Pursch Motors
Floresville EDC
WC Relay For Life home
Shorty's Place
Abrego Lake
Wilsons Auto Chooser right
WCN Photo Contest home
Reuben Garcia dcameraman
KC Custom Homes
Drama Kids International
Hoelschers home
 
^Top
  Copyright © 2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.
^Top