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A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- I am completely and utterly in love with Steve Carell. I decided that this love should manifest itself in watching as many of his films as possible (I managed three in fairly quick succession). I already knew that I was going to really enjoy him in this film, because, as I mentioned before, he is playing that slightly pathetic and sad character that I enjoy so much.
- The entire cast of this film is fabulous; Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling (more on him in a minute), Kevin Bacon (also him), and Marisa Tomei.
- I think I’ve always underestimated how much I like Kevin Bacon, as an attractive man, and as an actor. He has a tendency to be silly, and I forget how much I like him. Here, he has the tiniest part that isn’t all that important, really, but he’s still fabulous.
- Now, Ryan Gosling. I don’t quite buy into the hype of Ryan Gosling. Firstly, I’ve never been underwhelmed by a film as I was The Notebook (I don’t think Nicholas Sparks and I would be friends if we met). And it just gets on my nerves how much everyone goes on about him. But this is the perfect role for him. I can imagine him being like this in real life; totally cocky about the way he looks, but willing to help someone like Cal (Carell’s character) to get some self-respect back. So I’ve been turned around somewhat on Gosling. I need to see him really act in something to fully make my mind up.
- I usually go on about loving the way that a man looks at a woman in a film (or a television show, or a book); I can’t put my finger on exactly what kind of look it is, but it’s usually a kind of intrigued look that just totally does it for me. In this film, it’s the way that Jacob (Gosling) looks at Cal in the bar. I just adored it.
- Although I always issue a spoiler warning at the start of these posts, I don’t go out of my way to reveal major plot points. There’s a plot point here that I don’t want to ruin because it I think it really works well as part of the story, and to reveal it would be mean. Suffice to say, I really enjoyed the lead up to the fight scene.
- And talking of the fight scene, I just rewatched it on youtube to make sure it’s as amusing as I thought it was the first time round, and it really is. It’s gets a bit silly, but then Ryan Gosling makes a squeak at the end of it that is just perfection. This dude has some serious romantic comedy potential.
What I Didn’t Like
- There’s a scene at the end where Cal’s son is giving a speech to his class, in front of the whole school and all the parents. It all gets a bit schmaltzy, particularly when Cal gets up and joins in and gives some heartfelt speech about his marriage breakdown. For a moment, I really thought they were going to lampshade the moment and have someone say “Mr Weaver, please can you sit down, this is your son’s speech, not yours.” But they didn’t, and I felt like it needed it.
- Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei were a bit underused, in the end.
I loved this film. Just writing about it now has made me want to watch it again, and I’ve just been searching for a copy to buy! I want to make my friend Hannah watch it, as I know she’ll love it as much as I did!
Crazy Stupid Love marks the end of my Steve Carell phase for now. After this, I move into a brief animation phase, and then into a car movie phase. I had managed to get quite behind with writing up my film posts, but now I’m down to just seven more to write before I’m up to date!