Director: John Requa
Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling lead an all-star cast in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Fortysomething straight-laced Cal Weaver (Carell) is living the dream—good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart, Emily (Julianne Moore). So when Cal learns that his wife has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth so handsome player Jacob Palmer (Gosling) takes him on as wingman and protégé, opening Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style. Despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can’t be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading Cal back to where he began. Brimming with inspired performances, critics are calling this gem of a romantic comedy “a movie that understands love” (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly).
I ended up taking this movie with me when I went in for my induction on 11/9. I wanted something entertaining to watch while I was waiting for our second daughter arrive. And, I knew anything with Steve Carell from the Office would fit the bill. And, did it… I couldn’t stop laughing and found the all-star cast to be engaging and entertaining. I am a sucker when it comes to romantic comedies, but have to say that this has been one of my favorites, and the best that I have seen in a long time. I love how the movie deals with love and relationships and shows the struggles couples go through in order to make their relationships work and last. Too many times I watch romantic comedies that make relationships seems easy to get into and easy to stay together. But, if you have ever been in a relationship, you know this isn’t the case. Every day you have to work at the relationship, or it will go stale and begin to unravel.I have learned after having our first daughter that date nights are needed, as both parents need time to reconnect. Babies can drive you crazy and you may not feel like getting dressed to go out after a hectic day, but your partner and you need this together time to reconnect and keep the marriage or relationship alive. There have been times that I have been totally drained after dealing with a teething baby, and instead of cancelling date night, we had date night at home. We put Savannah to bed and then cuddled on the couch, watching a movie and enjoying take-out. This adult time and bonding time really does bring you back to reality and make you recognize that having the support from your partner is key in making your marriage and family work.
After returning home with our second daughter, my husband and I had an at-home date night and watched this movie together. Even he enjoyed it, and he is not one for chick flicks or romantic comedies. So, if you are looking for the perfect date night movie or movie to watch with your girlfriends, why not pick up Crazy, Stupid, Love today. I guarantee that you will enjoy it!!!
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.