Crazy, Stupid, Love – Film Review

The Office’s Steve Carell continues his quest to find life after his iconic Michael Scott character’s departure, in the film Crazy, Stupid Love. Portraying a man whose life is turned upside down when his wife (Julianne Moore), asks for a divorce, Carrell has to rediscover who he is and decide what he wants. Surrounded by a stellar cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon and Marissa Tomei, directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa deliver bittersweet gem of a film.

Writer Dan Fogelman deftly balances comedy and melodrama as Carell’s character struggles to remake himself when he really didn’t want anything to change. Gosling is his “groove-coach”, a GQ model come to life with perfect wardrobe and pickup lines that work on everyone, until he himself falls in love. What follows is a bit of a life journey for several characters besides leads Carell, Moore, Stone and Gosling. Smaller roles from Jonah Bobo and Beth Littleford are both painful and touching as we are reminded that love knows no age limits. Continuing to build on her already solid list of performances is Tomei is a hoot as one of Carell’s first bar pick-up targets. A pretty wild third act delivers characters to a boiling point that is resolved with a deft touch. This is a surprisingly funny, entertaining and touching film that will hopefully find an audience.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is playing at Landmark Cinemas at El Con Mall, 3601 E. Broadway Boulevard. For showtimes visits Cinemark.com.

 

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About Herb Stratford

Arts and culture writer and film reviewer. Historic theatre restoration consultant. Artist and arts educator.
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