Yes, ladies and gents, after 3 weeks of active blogging, and 4 reviews so far (YAY, ME!), I’ve finally arrived at a romantic comedy. Normally, I don’t watch a lot of romantic comedies for the same reason most people don’t watch romantic comedies:-
(a) they usually recycle a generic formula (boy meets girl, they fall in love…..)
(b) they’re riddled with clichés (they break up, IT’S THE GUY’S FAULT…)
(c) You know from an hour away how it’s going to end (he has to own up, he proves how much he loves her, she accepts them, they get married, THE END, cue Top 10 Pop Song of the week, roll credits)
For this year however, I did manage to see two romantic comedies. The first was “Friends with Benefits”, an aight effort starring “my wife to be” Mila Kunis and “who knew that wigga could act?” Justin Timberlake. The second, of course, was….
Reviews were positive for this film, with many viewers calling it one of the best comedies of the year. Now, having sat through some of the SHITTIEST films of 2011 already (“Battle L.A.”, “Sucker Punch”, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, “Conan the Barbarian”…. ARRRGH!), I was more than willing to check “Crazy, Stupid, Love” out.
So was it a hit-or-miss like “Friends with Benefits”, or was it a genuinely good movie? Or was it just another film heavily overrated by critics and viewers alike (*COUGH *”Bridesmaids” *COUGH*)? Let’s see, shall we?
Driving home one night, Cal Weaver is told by his wife Emily that she has been cheating on him with her co-worker David Lindhagen. Upon hearing the news, as well as Emily’s request for a divorce, Cal sinks into depression. Cal’s 13-year-old son Robbie notices his parents’ marriage falling apart, but is already dealing with a crush that he has for his 17-year old babysitter Jessica. Anyhoo, Cal does what most men do when dealing with a broken heart – HIT THE BAR (or walk into it…..get it?). He blabbers loudly about his wife’s infidelity, catching the attention of a young man named Jacob Palmer. Jacob is the complete opposite of Cal (obviously). He dresses well, he knows the right moves, he knows how to talk to women and how to get them to sleep with him. However one person has rejected his advances – a young woman named Hannah. Anyhoo, Jacob takes Cal under his wing and seeks to make him a better man, for himself and for Emily.
Cal Weaver – Steve Carell (the equivalent of his “40-Year Old Virgin” character if he were married)
Jacob Palmer – Ryan Gosling (boy, he’s come a LONG way from “Young Hercules”, the little-known, and utterly ridiculous spin-off of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”
Emily Weaver – Julianne Moore (give this woman an OSCAR, already!)
Hannah – Emma Stone (who was also in “Friends with Benefits”. How you luv that?)
David Lindhagen – Kevin Bacon (who has appeared in three 2011 films, including this movie. Impressive!)
Robbie Weaver – Jonah Bobo (steals every scene he’s in)
Jessica – Analeigh Tipton (from third place in “America’s Next Top Model” to the big screen! Dreams do come true)
MY THOUGHTS: What surprised me about this film is that it was actually more of a comic drama than a romantic comedy. The drama involves the characters of “Crazy, Stupid Love” and how they deal with their crazy, stupid, “lovey” situations. Actually, the characters are played so well that you can’t help but relate to them in some way or another. Anybody who suffered a broken heart can relate to Steve Carell’s character. Anyone who went through a childhood crush can relate to Jonah Bobo’s character. Anybody who wants to be a player, or is probably a player, can relate to Ryan Gosling. Speaking of Gosling, as a heterosexual male, I must admit he delivered an impressive performance. He embodied his character perfectly, down to the ‘Hitch’-like advice he gives Carell in the film. And yes, the females watching this film would drool over his looks, and the guys watching it will envy him as a result. But whatever, he did a great (acting) job. As I mentioned above, Jonah Bobo also delivers an impressive performance as Robbie. His crush for Jessica, and the attempts that he makes to prove her love to her, is both sweet and funny to watch. And this is what makes “Crazy, Stupid Love” works. The genuine performances in this film help remove the film from its generic rom-com roots, to one of honesty and heart that will make it an eventual classic in its genre.
SHOULD I SEE THIS FILM? If you love romantic comedies, then you should go see this film. If you love romantic comedies that are more truthful and REAL instead of carbon-copied and ANNOYING ike some other films in the genre (*COUGH *any rom-com starring Jennifer Aniston *COUGH*), then you should go see this film. Ladies, if you love Ryan Gosling…… ah fuck it, why am I stating the obvious? Go see this film. It isn’t the greatest romantic comedy of all time – and the beauty of it all is that it isn’t trying to be. It’s a genuine look at love and the obstacles and pitfalls we all go through in order to find that perfect one. It may not be as crazy and stupid as the title suggests – and believe me, love itself can get crazy and stupid at times – but that doesn’t stop it from being a really good movie.
MY RATING – 4 out of 5 stars (“See this movie”)
THE END, cue Top 10 Pop Song of the week, roll credits