Movie Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love
Yesterday I went to an advance screening of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (in theaters July 29). I could just say, go see this movie so you can drool over Ryan Gosling, but that wouldn’t be a very good review, nor would it accurately capture just why this is a film that’s definitely worth your 13 bucks!
The movie opens with Emily (Julianne Moore) admitting to her straight-laced—and very oblivious—husband Cal (Steve Carell) that she’s cheated on him and wants a divorce. This sudden split from his high school sweetheart instantly turns Cal’s life upside down. He starts hanging out at the local bar, where he spends time lamenting to whoever will listen about his depressing situation. Here he meets the amazingly suave playboy, Jacob (Ryan Gosling), who decides to give this poor soul help rediscovering his manhood and getting back in the dating scene.
In the meanwhile, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), Cal’s 13-year-old son, is experiencing his first major crush on his babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton). Jessica is in love with Cal. And Jacob eventually finds love, too.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” is an entertaining, feel-good, romantic comedy. It’s a love triangle (or…pentagon?) with unexpected twists and intersections between the characters’ lives. The three main subplots coincide smoothly throughout the movie and once they merge (or should I say, collide), you are in for some serious laughs. The movie’s pace is comfortable, allowing you to connect with each of the characters and remain entertained throughout. Some of the characters do pretty outlandish—well…crazy, stupid—things that make you squirm, but that’s part of what makes the movie so fun.
The cool thing about this movie is that viewers of all ages, from preteens to grandparents, can relate to and enjoy it. Whether you’re stumbling on your first, serious puppy dog crush or you’ve discovered your soulmate, this movie will speak to you. It makes you believe in love, fight for love, and respect love. It shows the dangers of falling into a rut—and the importance of keeping love fresh.
The actors were well-cast and had good chemistry and the dialogue was natural. Who was the standout? I can’t even say. Each actor in this star-studded cast did a great job. The film also stars Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Beth Littleford, John Carroll Lynch and Kevin Bacon.
I give it 3.75 of 5 stars
Far From Heaven
I found this movie in my house today (we have a rather ‘assorted’ collection here). I like it! The dresses of that era are so classic and lovely! Here is the story:
Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she surprises her husband Frank kissing another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond – a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Despite Cathy and Frank’s struggle to keep their marriage afloat, the reality of his homosexuality and her feelings for Raymond open a painful, if more honest, chapter in their lives.
Frank and Cathy Whittaker are, as far as the outside world can tell, the perfect couple. Young, attractive and well-off, they represent all that middle-class America is supposed to be in the 1950s. Below the surface however, all is not as it seems. Cathy feels unfulfilled and begins to realize that her marriage is not what it should be. When she discovers her husband making love to a man in his office late one evening, she begins to understand why. She also begins to develop an interest in Raymond Deagan, their African-American gardener. Raymond is intelligent, witty and an art lover. In many ways, Cathy has found a soul-mate. Trying to support her husband as he tries to “cure” his homosexuality and the social taboo of having been seen in public with a black man does not augur well for her however.
We really take interracial dating these days for granted. And her husband is GAY???
And he is yelling at her because she ‘talked’ to a colored man??? While he is making out with men and not satisfying her… and this is okay? This won 4 Oscars! I think I should watch it again from the beginning.
So if you are looking for a great movie to snuggle in bed with this cold week, this is the best movie of 2002! and 2009 for now ^_^
I love how they talk about looking beyond the surface of things, taking real friendships for what they are and not caring about what other people think. This is a huge theme in my life. Seeing beyond color, age, religion and really not living ‘someone else’s dream’. If there was no one in this world judging you and you make choices to please yourself – What would you change?
Looking great from the outside but hurting inside is worth NOTHING.
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