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Crazy, Stupid, Love (DVD)
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Crazy, Stupid, Love (DVD)
Date: 14/11/12, updated on 07/07/13 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of laughs and Ryan Gosling
Cal Weaver's life is turned upside down when his wife announces she wants a divorce and has cheated on him.
Cal moves out and drowns his sorrows at a local bar where he meets Jacob. Jacob is super cool, stylish and has women falling at his feet. Cal sticks out like a sore thumb in the bar telling anyone who will listen about his wife's cheating and observing this Jacob decides to take him under his wing.
To be honest I wasn't expecting much of this film as I trawled through Sky movies looking for something that wasn't too taxing. I chose this, primarily because it had Julianne Moore in who was the only actor I recognised in the films on offer on Sky that night.
I love a good film but recently all I seem to watch are films from the last decade, or I watch films by directors I like which tend to be foreign language. Hence the reason I didn't know who Ryan Gosling was who plays Jacob or Steve Carell who plays Cal.
This was definitely a good choice as it was a really good comedy that is very entertaining, funny and had me laughing out loud many times.
I thought at first that Steve Carell was going to be annoying in an Adam Sandler sort of way, but he plays the part of a wronged husband just right. Slightly pathetic but very convincing portraying a man who has just had the shock of his life and doesn't know how to cope with it. So agrees to be groomed by Jacob as he perceives him to be successful just when he is feeling like a failure in life.
I did find it difficult to understand why Jacob decides to groom Cal and give him a makeover but that being said their relationship and scenes where they shop, go to the gym and hang out in the bar contain some absolute comedy gems and the two men really work well together.
There are also some very funny scenes with Cal's teenage son who has a massive crush on slightly older teenage babysitter Jessica. Just to complicate things somewhat Jessica has a crush on Cal.
Julianne Moore plays Emily Cal's wife, not the biggest part in this film, but a believable one as I don't think she really knows why she slept with another man and wants a divorce.
Ryan Gosling is excellent , he looks good , is very charismatic and somehow manages to deliver some truly cringe worthy chat up lines , but still comes across as being cool.
I can't say too much about how his character develops as it will give the game away, but the Dirty Dancing moves had me hitting the rewind to watch it again as it was so funny.
There are a couple of sub plots and Emily Stone is in love with someone who her friend thinks is all wrong for her and encourages her to take up Cal's offer when he hits on her in the bar, but she turns him down. She really comes into her own towards the end of the film and is magnificently funny after she receives disappointing news.
What I liked about film was the comedy wasn't predictable, some of it I had seen before but it still made me laugh. One scene in particular in the changing rooms where Jacob is talking to Cal has been done before, but was still very funny.
I can't watch a bad comedy and will switch off pretty quickly rather than stick it out to the end. So many comedy films rely on so called funny men like Adam Sandler (annoying voice and not funny in my opinion) or the humour is too juvenile for my tastes or too predictable, so this was a real treat. Not sure my husband would agree to watch this as he may class this as a romantic comedy but if he did I think he would have laughed at it as well.
It was also a comedy with a heart and there are some moving moments that make this a real feel good movie. Quite a long film at 113 minutes, but I didn't find it too long and enjoyed every moment.
It is rated 12 and runs for 113 minutes. Not too sure I would want to watch this with a 12 year old as it seems a little bit too adult in parts, but I guess it depends on how mature the 12 year old is.
Directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa.
I watched this on Sky premier but the DVD is available to buy from Amazon at £4.99 , so this is a review of the film only.
I give it 5 stars and look forward to discovering some more Ryan Gosling and Emily Stone films - not sure about Steve Carell though.
Just the sort of film I want to watch when I am in the mood for something lighhearted that does not require too much concentration.
Summary: Entertaining comedy