Monday, August 8, 2011

Crazy, Stupid, Love - Movie Review

Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) 118 minutes B
The rebirth of cool

Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton, Josh Groban, Jonah Bobo, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon

As the title suggests, love is crazy and stupid, especially when you act like these characters.  This bittersweet romantic comedy follows three relationships: a thirteen year-old and his seventeen year-old babysitter (Bobo and Tipton), a couple of good lookin' twenty-somethings (Gosling and Stone), and a forty-something couple (Carell and Moore) whose relationship has dissolved after 20+ years of marriage.

On the surface this film isn't much different than other star-studded, it's complicated, adult romantic comedies of its genre.  But here the cast rises above the material and makes the film worthwhile, despite grandiose notions of soul mates and everlasting love withstanding the obstacles (age, womanizing manwhores and infidelity). 

Crazy Stupid Love runs about fifteen minutes too long, features one ridiculously stupid fight scene and is slightly predictable.  However, there's at least one twist you won't see coming, a great cast and enough sexy and cute to keep you interested.

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