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Typical rom-com but really enjoyed it!
Crazy, Stupid, Love (DVD)
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Crazy, Stupid, Love (DVD)
Date: 25/04/12, updated on 25/04/12 (70 review reads)
Advantages: Funny, romantic, good cast & acting
I never expect too much of romantic comedies but was hopeful for this one as the cast seemed quite strong, especially the fact that Steve Carrell stars in it. The trailer suggested it was quite a typical romantic comedy and was quite honest about this.
The film is about a guy called Cal Weaver (Steve Carrell) who finds out that his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) has been having an affair with her colleague David (Kevin Bacon) She tells him she wants a divorce and he quickly moves out and faces single life. Embracing his new freedom, despite not feeling happy about it, Cal goes out to a local trendy bar where he is approached by Jacob, a good looking younger guy who is very successful with women. Jacob appears to feel sorry for Cal and takes him under his wing giving him a complete re-styling and attempts to teach him how to seduce women.
This results in several hilarious and awkward moments for Cal. In the meantime, Jacob, who appears to be an eternal womaniser who will never settle down, meets his dream girl Hannah (Emma Stone) and distances himself from Cal. I can't really go any further than that without giving away the storyline, but somehow all the characters find themselves together at the end in a hilarious situation which was definitely the highlight of the film.
There are also some sub-stories for example Cal's son Robbie has a huge crush on his babysitter who happens to be in love with Cal! This story ends up linking to the main storyline towards the end.
I'm not going to lie, this film isn't deep in any way, nor did it intend to be. It is a romantic comedy in the literal sense. The main and only theme tackled by the film is relationships and romance. This was what I expected so I enjoyed it, however if you're not into that kind of thing steer clear of this film.
The plot moved relatively quickly and was upbeat throughout and never dwelled on one scene or one moment for too long which kept it interesting. I also thought the comedy moments were very important in this film, without them it could have bordered on being quite boring as there was nothing dramatic or gripping about the plot. So it did heavily rely on funny moments which were provided in abundance and were genuinely funny without playing on too many cliché's.
Despite the film being quite typical of a romantic comedy, I did feel there was something different about it that made it stand out and made me want to buy it on DVD and watch it again. I think it is quite a clever film and the way the story comes together towards the end is quite a surprise and a very pleasant one. I was expecting it to dwindle off into a predictable ending like most similar films, but the fact that it took on a more challenging, unexpected ending made it stand out from the crowd.
Having seen other films starring Steve Carell I knew to expect plenty of well played funny moments. This was provided and didn't disappoint. I suppose it could be said that Carell was playing his 'safe' character and this probably wasn't too challenging, but he still did well all the same. I have also seen Ryan Gosling in a few films now, although never in a comedy before. Again I thought his acting was very good as always and he suited the character he played. I don't think it was a challenging role for him, especially compared to previous roles he has had, but he still acted well and was convincing.
Emma Stone who plays Hannah, Jacobs girlfriend, is an actress I haven't seen too much of in films, yet I was pleasantly surprised by her performance and it gave me a really good impression of her. The same goes to Julianne Moore who plays Emily, Cal's ex-wife, I think I may have seen her in some films but nothing memorable, yet was impressed by her in this.
I don't think any of the cast had particularly challenging roles to play and no role in this film allowed for one of those amazing performances that sticks in your mind, yet I feel the film was well-cast with a strong group and this made the film stronger.
This film is exactly what it says on the tin, it's a romantic comedy that doesn't try to be anything other than that. The comedy element was stronger than I expected and there are plenty of genuinely funny moments to keep things interesting. However this is a very romantic film so is only really suitable for that crowd. This wont become one of my favourite films of all time, yet stood out as one of the better romantic comedies I have seen and I have since watched it again a few times and still enjoy it. So I do recommend it for when you're in the mood for a good rom-com.