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A Must Watch: Crazy, Stupid Love Movie Review

August 16, 2011

Popcorn rating:

In this season where the movie houses are surrounded by movies top-billed by special effects, it is refreshing to see a really good movie that I would categorize as a “full” film. As we watched Crazy, Stupid Love, I have no expectations at all. Which in turn, made me surprised, in a good way!

Plot

The movie opens with Steve Carell’s character Cal who was shocked when Juliane Moore’s character Emily, asked for a divorce. This began the series of turmoils in Cal’s life and family, which in turn became a good catastrophe thanks to Ryan Gosling’s character, Jacob Palmer the single, self-assured playboy who taught him the ways to a woman’s heart…or more often than not… pants.

The movie interestingly welcomed the audience through the different stages of love without sounding preachy. It was entertaining and teaches a lesson without trying to. That formula as I’ve seen in the other films starring Carell is something that I’ll call magic. His interview says it all:

I think the idea of love in its many forms is a very universal sort of theme. It’s hard to describe this movie as a love story, because I think it’s so much more than that. I think people usually think of love stories as purely a romantic love between a man and a woman, and this movie is about that. But it’s also about friendships and the love inherent there, a love between a family. So, I think it connects to people because it seems genuine. It doesn’t seem to push or force, and without being too precious with it, seems to represent these different relationships and how they weave into one another in an organic way.

Cast

I think the intelligence of this comedy would really require a stalwart cast. With the likes of Ryan Gosling, Kevin Bacon, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell and the refreshing Emma Stone, the movie was up for a good start.

Conclusion

I only have four words for this film : YOU SHOULD WATCH IT. Yes even with the boyfriends, I think. The movie has a balanced mix of comedy which the guys will love and the “love” parts are just right which will not make the boyfriends squirm. A totally balanced package.

Opening across the Philippines on Aug. 17, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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