Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy Stupid Love

Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Analeigh Tipton

Other notable appearances:
Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, John Carroll Lynch, Liza Lapira, Josh Groban

Running time:
118 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sub-par rom-coms that leave the viewer more annoyed than entertained


Cal (Carell) is recently single after his wife (Moore) cheats on him with a co-worker (Bacon). He visits a bar where he meets new friend Jacob (Gosling) who is intent on teaching Cal to better himself and successfully hit on women.

Crazy, Stupid, Love had potential. When I saw the trailer, I thought it looked like a fun rom-com even though I’m not a huge fan of either rom or com. The remainder of the film is made up of a couple of laughs not shown in the trailer, grating characters and annoying moments.

The primary category for Crazy, Stupid, Love is comedy. I laughed twice. For the most part, I felt bored and annoyed. I even felt downright angry several times.

There are so many characters in Crazy, Stupid, Love that made me want to stop watching in annoyance. The adulterer who gets angry when their newly single spouse has sex with other people. The newly single spouse who complains at every stranger they meet. The whiny 13-year-old who is in love with his babysitter. The irrational and unstable one-night stand. Sometimes these characters work — Isla Fisher was hilarious in Wedding Crashers — but not in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

To the credit of the actors, they all performed their roles well. Some characters are just unlikeable. When half of the main characters fall under this category, it’s difficult to sympathise with their issues. All in all it makes for a film low on laughs, high on frustration and never to be watched again. Not even for the gratuitous ab shot.

My favourite parts of an otherwise unenjoyable film involved the romance between Hannah (Stone) and Jacob. While I doubt they could have held a film on their own, they were funny, heartwarming and likeable.

Aside from the few scenes developing Hannah and Jacob’s relationship, I really did not enjoy this film. Unless you are a hardcore rom-com fan, I would recommend giving this one a miss.

Rating: 2/5

“I don’t know whether to help you or euthanise you.”

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