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Review: “Crazy, Stupid, Love”

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a romantic comedy that is centered around Carl Weaver (Steve Carell), and his cheating wife (Julianne Moore) who has recently requested a divorce. Distressed, Carl makes his rounds to the singles night life in hopes of finding the one. He’s discovered by  Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) who tries to teach him the ropes.

The plot sounds decent enough but here’s what the critics have t o say about the film:

“Just because it stars smart actors and isn’t aggressively dumb doesn’t automatically make it good, and while ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ works in fits and starts, its wildly inconsistent tone and Dan Fogelman’s overwritten screenplay make it too frustrating to properly enjoy. Every time one of the many plot threads hits its stride, another careens wildly out of control, leading up to a conclusion so clichéd it seems the movie has moved into parody.” — Katey Rich, Cinema Blend

“Frequently, the zaniness stops and some genuinely impressive acting breaks out. The accomplished Moore is an obvious candidate and, even in a confined role, she delivers — here a nervous look, there a tender gesture. Cast against type, his customarily troubled characters, Gosling is all dressed up (and occasionally undressed) in a fashion guaranteed to set hearts aflutter. But the guy is too skilled to settle for a hunky stereotype; rather, he rescues the roué from cliché by adding a certain delicacy, a repressed yet palpable sensitivity. … Although not in their performing league, Carell is blessed to have a faint hint of Buster Keaton in his otherwise handsome face — a mug whose deadpan stare is fraught with comic nuance. Even the kid actor is a cut above here. Jonah Bobo brings to Robbie that adolescent knack of travelling at warp speed from deep cynicism to idealistic innocence.” — Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail

“It’s hard to ignore the fact that very little in the movie feels true — no one clicks as a couple, and there are carefully contrived coincidences around every corner. … But while the filmmakers bungle the romance, they handle the comedy with skillful precision. I laughed all the way through, thanks to both consistently clever dialogue and deft delivery from Carell and Gosling, who clearly relished a chance to flex his comic muscles.” — Elizabeth Weitzman, Daily News

Will you be going to see Crazy, Stupid, Love??



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