Rated PG-13 118 min
My Summary: The film is about a couple dealing with the consequences of divorce, and the surrounding friends and family that it can affect.
My Review: I was a little concerned that the film appeared like a comedy but would eventually rear its ugly head, and be darker in nature (like Some Kind of Funny Story). I was very wrong.
Brilliantly balanced, the movie does a spectacular job of dealing with real life issues in a manner that seem to be both comedic, yet probable and maturely serious. The film itself is just solid with great performances by the entire cast; especially Steve Carell who has this ability to make you laugh and cry, all in the same scene. He's under-rated for an actor and I have to admit, I really like seeing him in roles where he is able to be less slapstick (Carell was excellent by the way, in Little Miss Sunshine).
The film starts out innocently enough with Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) having dinner. Unfortunately, she blind sides him as she nonchalantly explains that she wants a divorce. On the awkward ride home, she continues to babble unknowingly and reveals to Cal, who looks like he's going to vomit, that she has slept with a coworker. Cal jumps out of the moving vehicle.
Flash forward and Cal is now a single bachelor but stinks at it. He wastes him time at a club telling anyone who will listen, about his divorce and his ex-wife. That is, until he is approached by real life hottie and professional bachelor, Jacob (Ryan Gosling). Jacob wants to help him, if only for the reason of making Cal shut up. He decides to take him under his wing and teach him how to not only get over his ex-wife, but live the life of single man.
The chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell was awesome. They were literally yin and yang. I loved every moment that spent together on screen. But in addition, we were offered some serious laughs when Cal meets a lonely teacher, played by Marisa Tomei who was pretty hilarious in her role.
But just when we are starting to have fun with the idea that Steve Carell's character can now be transformed into a lady's man, we soon realize that Cal still has strong feelings for his ex-wife and we are reeled back to reality. Cal loves Emily, and always will. *insert tear* I swear on my credit card, that I cried during this film and I laughed... It was that good.
But to keep you on your toes, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you saying, "What! I didn't see that coming!!" Let's just say that A'mour is in the air and everyone has been shot by cupid, including our professional bachelor, Jacob, who has finally found a woman that can keep his interest. (Emma Stone is freaking awesome!)
This movie is just such a cute film, I can't stress enough how good it is. So if you need a break from all the action films that are currently in theatres, than YOU MUST see this one!!
I'm going to go ahead and give it five stars because I was thoroughly entertained: tears and laughs. Crazy, Stupid, Love opens today!! Now go see it!
Cast and Credit:
Directed by Dan Fogelman