Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Crazy Stupid Love" with Ryan Gosling

Film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, written by Dan Fogelman, and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon. The film was released on July 29, 2011

Would you ever take the advice of your thirteen-year-old self?  Would you look back to your days as a batch of hormones and angst and say, “I was so wise back then.  What happened?”  Crazy, Stupid, Love. takes an “out of the mouths of babes” approach to serious romantic relationships and as a result an honest but funny relationship dramedy gets a saccharine sheen that completely overwhelms the film in the final act.  Ultimately, great performances and cute humor.

Playing off of Carell allows Gosling to explore a comic side we’ve rarely seen from him before.  Gosling seems to be having a blast as the smooth-talking, completely confident Jacob.  It’s an incredibly smart performance because Gosling tinges everything with a little bit of innocence and softness so that Jacob never comes off as sleazy or insecure.

So much of Crazy, Stupid, Love. is working against its cloying script.  The entire adult cast turns in great performances that are sweet without being sappy, emotional without being manipulative, and funny without being obvious.

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