Crazy Stupid Love - Movie Review

Crazy Stupid Love

Crazy Stupid Love - Movie Review

In a star-studded chick flick with numerous characters and even more plotlines, it is a mystery as to how this movie was able to turn out great.

In many cases, when a movie has several plots and subplots, the main theme of the movie gets lost and the characters as well as the actors themselves are unable to shine on the silver screen.

This movie, however, is able to flow smoothly from one character’s plot to another in order to create the overall storyline which has a very interesting twist at the end. 

The story revolves around Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) and wife Emily Weaver (Julianne Moore) and how their marriage is falling apart especially after Emily cheats on Cal with her coworker David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon) – it’s safe to say, Lindhagen’s name is the most repeated word in the entire movie.

Cal happens to be at a bar one night where she meets ladies’ man, Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). The movie has several plotlines; the main one being Jacob giving Cal a makeover, asking him to stop repeating Lindhagen’s name, and teaching him to hit on single women in the bar.

Other subplots are Cal’s son trying to win over his babysitter because he is in love with her but she is in love with Cal himself; Cal’s daughter – who we find out near the end of the movie that its Hannah (Emma Stone) who happened to be Jacob’s newfound love.

A huge dispute occurs by the end of the movie when Cal finds out that Hannah is dating Jacob who he knows to be a player and ladies’ man, and Jacob finds out that Hannah is Cal’s daughter.

It sounds like its pretty confusing and, it can be, yet the movie is actually done really well with each storyline fitting perfectly like puzzle pieces. 

As aforementioned, chick flicks that are star studded with many sub plots usually miss something here or there, have plots that are extremely useless or add no value to the overarching storyline.

However, with Crazy, Stupid, Love, we have stories that are concise and to the point that are both thought-provoking, romantic, and even quite funny.

Although the movie falls short on some of the acting from some characters, namely Cal’s friends’ daughter (the babysitter), played by Analeigh Tipton, and the overacting by Cal’s son’s teacher Kate, played by Marisa Tomei.

However, if you are looking to laugh, feel all the “feels” especially in that scene with Jacob’s “big move” from Dirty Dancing, when he picks up Hannah over his head, then Crazy, Stupid, Love is your go-to movie even if you have already seen it! Overall rating in the chick flick isle of movies: 8/10.

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