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Crazy, Stupid, Love (DVD)
Member Name: walsha11
Crazy, Stupid, Love (DVD)
Advantages: RYAN GOSLING, cheap, good film, enjoyable plot, cast, twist...oh and Ryan Gosling
Disadvantages: name, advert mis-sold it
The film was first released in the summer of 2011 and was generally well received. There are a collection of well known stars in this film and for many this was the initial draw - that and the promise of something crazy and stupid. It has since been nominated for and won a few different awards and has been successful since the DVD release too. I bought myself a copy recently when shopping for something new in HMV. Having enjoyed it in the cinema I thought it was a fairly safe bet and something I would be quite pleased to own.
The plot line is based around Cal (Steve Carrel) who has recently separated from his high school sweetheart and long time wife (Julianne Moore) after she admits to being adulterous. Feeling forlorn he frequents a trendy bar telling everyone who will listen about his broken relationship. It is here that he attracts the attention of suave ladies man Jacob (Ryan Gosling). Jacob decides to teach Cal the tricks of the trade and gives him a Pretty Woman style makeover. With his new found looks and confidence Cal is able to bed reformed alcoholic Kate (Marisa Tomei). However, it is obvious that he still has residual feelings for his estranged wife and decides to tread the bumpy road back to reconciliation.
Meanwhile there are other concurrent stories playing out in this film of many parts. Behind the scenes, and away from Cal, Jacob gets knocked back by a beautiful young lawyer in training (Emma Stone). When she breaks up with her long term boyfriend, Richard (Josh Groban), though she throws caution to the wind and decides to bed Jacob. Her attempts to be a little reckless and have a one night stand fail as the pair hit it off and Jacob totally lets his guard down.
While this is all happening we also loosely follow the story of Robbie, Cal's son, who is trying to win the heart of his older babysitter Jessica (Analeigh Tipton). Though Robbie's gestures become increasingly dramatic Jessica fends him off while crushing madly on Cal. This inappropriate infatuation, along with all the other storylines, come to a head towards the end of the film with quite a big twist that most won't see coming.
The film is really enjoyable to watch, surprising in many ways and constantly changing. I thought so many of the characters were convincing and likeable, they felt very authentic and it is a situation you can imagine playing out in real life. I also thoroughly enjoyed the cast, all of whom are great comedy actors and added a great level of humour to this film. They also brought with them a real sense of heart though, and this was the aspect that most surprised me about the film as I was expecting it to be another laugh a minute comedy. This film actually has a very heart-warming message to it which definitely lifted it from what could have been mediocre to something quite special. Also, Ryan Gosling is in it and is breathtakingly sexy so even if you hate the film he will totally redeem it for you.
My only slight reservation is that I think the title is stupid and mildly mismatched to the film I saw. I didn't really see anything crazy or stupid and I think it probably mis-sold the film for a lot of people. That said, I enjoyed it despite the expectations I had based on the advert and name but for many this might have proved to be a disappointment.
I bought this from HMV and got it in the two for £10 offer so essentially for it for a fiver. This really is a good deal for recent release and I reckon you'd struggle to find it cheaper elsewhere.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this comedy with a heart.
Summary: A great comedy that has a real heart