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Crazy, Stupid, Love

(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: PG-13 — for coarse humor, sexual content and language
  • Director: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra   Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
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Genre

Comedy, Romance

Distributor

Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date

Jul 29, 2011

Release Notes

Nationwide

Official Website

Review

The makers of Crazy, Stupid, Love, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, are too sane and (commercially) smart to make the craziness consequential and stupidity ruinous: After the whirlpools of Miranda July, we’re back on the rom-com mainland. But the movie has an unexpectedly high proportion of delights to groaners, and it’s full of actors you’ll want to see—real actors, like Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone, their edges not blunted by years of making witless buddy movies and chick flicks. Gosling, alarmingly sleek and muscular, plays a trust-fund-wealthy pickup virtuoso who helps broken, newly dumped nebbish Steve Carell “rediscover his manhood” by teaching him how to dress and chat up the ladies—though sweetie-pie Carell still moons over Moore, his first and only love, who slept with her smarmy colleague (Kevin Bacon) and is now a wreck of wayward emotions. This is the sort of quasi-farcical picture in which Carell’s 13-year-old son (Jonah Bobo) longs for his 17-year-old babysitter (Analeigh Tipton) who longs for Carell who spies on Moore … The script, by Dan Fogelman, is unusually and gratifyingly bisexual—i.e., it boasts scenes from both the male and female points of view! One of those scenes is a gem, a keeper: sharp-witted Stone and Gosling in his bachelor pad, her pressing him to demonstrate his time-tested seduction routine—while simultaneously falling for it. Stone is amazingly vivid. She looks hungry to act and sometimes just hungry, as when she spontaneously bites Gosling’s shoulder in a wineshop. Half of the audience will moan, “I’d like some of that shoulder!” while the other half yells, “Bite me!

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