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Crazy, Stupid, Love (3 stars)

Interesting observational comedy smothered by rom-com farce and sentimentality

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

(12A) 118min

Suburbia, modern day. Emily (Julianne Moore) tells husband Cal (Steve Carell) that she wants a divorce. Cal agrees to move and hits the local bar. After a period of drunken self-pity, local lothario Jacob (Ryan Gosling) takes him under his wing and teaches him the art of seduction. Cal soon gets his pride back but his life is about to get a whole lot more complicated. Having written and directed the quirky I Love You Phillip Morris and scripted Bad Santa, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have become the ‘go to guys’ for off beat, risqué comedy and Crazy, Stupid Love is packed with early promise with an off beat tone and a dark vein of humour reminiscent of Todd Solondz’s or Miranda July’s domestic vignettes.

Unfortunately Ficarra and Requa are directing another man’s screenplay and that man is Dan Fogelman, who wrote Tangled, Bolt, Cars and the miserable Fred Claus. So what begins as an interesting observational comedy on the collapse of the nuclear family and the rediscovery of manhood becomes a life change rom-com stuffed full of the requisite farce, denouement and sentimentality. All the performers work hard to disperse the smog of conservatism that prevails but to little effect.

General release from Fri 23 Sep.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love.

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 118 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Written by: Dan Fogelman
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Analeigh Tipton, Kevin Bacon

After Emily (Moore) tells husband Cal (Carell) that she wants a divorce he meets local lothario Jacob (Gosling) who takes him under his wing. What begins as an interesting observational comedy on the collapse of the nuclear family becomes a rom-com full of the requisite farce, denouement and sentimentality.

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