Crazy, Stupid, Love? I Couldn't Disagree More!
I'm warning you now, there are spoilers sprinkled throughout this post. So if you don't want to know specifics of the movie, then don't read past the final warning below. But go see the movie and then come back and read and share your thoughts with me!
In case you're not going to read any further, here is the bottom line: Go see Crazy, Stupid, Love. It was good, and you have no idea how excited you're going to get looking at Ryan Gosling's sexy face and rock hard abs for 118 minutes.
If you want my official rating, let me put it this way: I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars because it exceeded the low standards I have for romantic comedies.
Final Warning: Spoiler alert for all things after this point!
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I'll skip the background detail, with the assumption that you've already seen the movie, or know enough from the previews for the following observations to make sense. One of the main reasons I liked Crazy, Stupid, Love is because it perfectly balanced the swing of emotions between laughter and tears. On more than one occasion, I had pain in my chest and stinging behind my noes and eyes from tears welling up. But it's not a sob story by any means! Cal and Jacob (played by Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, respectively) make a hilarious pair, and Cal's son Robbie (played by Jonah Bobo) was impressively and surprisingly funny. Marisa Tomei also puts on quite the performance and is bound to have you laughing.
As with most romantic comedies, you leave the theater with unrealistic expectations of the who, what, where, when, how of your dating and love life. But on the other hand, the plot twist near the end of the movie is something that most romantic comedies don't offer. In general, romantic comedies are predictable. That's why we like them, right? Because the guy and girl always end up together. It makes us feel all warm inside. Depending on who you see as the guy and girl in this movie, they might very well end up together. But because the story follows more than one relationship, Crazy, Stupid, Love is refreshingly open-ended, and I appreciated that. Cal and Emily (played by Julianne Moore) don't get back together but you can tell that they are still very much in love. And while part of you really wants to know what happens next, you're actually blissfully content with the idea of not knowing for sure. Because at least then you can hope for the best!
It was surprising to me how the movie had so many beautiful women willing to just jump into bed with a guy who offers to buy them a drink and says, "let's get out of here." Ryan Gosling's character, Jacob, isn't exactly the nicest guy but women are still willing to sleep with him. Okay, maybe this shouldn't surprise me because women do this type of thing every day (and Ryan is an 11 on the 1-10 scale of attractiveness). But aren't movies supposed to be an illustration of our ideal rather than a depiction of reality? I dunno, I just made that up.
And in case we didn't already know: Men get instant swagger after sleeping with women. Take a guy like Cal who is about as down in the dumps as you can be, get him laid, and the next day he's got a big fat grin on his face as he walks into a bar to the beat of the rock music blaring in his head. Although we're only privy to one of his sexual encounters, we find out later that he slept with a total of nine women. Imagine that...a guy who had only one sexual partner in his life - his wife - and has no confidence whatsoever, scores one lay and all of a sudden within a few weeks (the timeline in the movie isn't entirely clear) he's up to NINE new sexual partners. Swagger. (And slutty, if he was a woman, but that's a different post.)
On that note, it was refreshing to see a romantic comedy without an actual sex scene. Despite the fact that there was supposedly a LOT of sex happening, we as the audience didn't witness anything more than a steamy make out session and a shirtless dude. Very classy, Warner Bros., very classy. This is awesome because you can see this movie with a parent, or watch it later while they're in the same room, without having to feel awkward or uncomfortable.
If you've made it this far, I assume it's because you've already seen the movie. So what did you think of it? Would you recommend it to a friend? Will you see it again?