By Lane Roberts
Funny-man Steve Carell stars in Crazy Stupid Love as Cal, a straight-laced forty-something whose life turns upside down when his wife (Julianne Moore) tells him she cheated and wants a divorce.
After many failed attempts at finding another woman on his own, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, is taken (or rather, forced) under the wing of handsome lothario, Jacob (Ryan Gosling).
What ensues is a hilarious and touching look into the life of a man trying to put his life back together again. The script, written by Dan Fogleman (Cars), follows what seem to be unrelated threads of plot.
We are introduced to Cal’s son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), who has a crush on his baby sitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who has a crush on Cal, and Hannah (Emma Stone), a recent law school graduate, who gets hit-on by Jacob at the bar where Jacob and Cal are womanizing.
All of these stories are eventually spun together in a chaotic climax that manages to work without destroying the film’s credibility.
In less capable hands, Crazy Stupid Love could have easily become another forgettable rom-com built upon embarrassing clichés.
However, Fogelman penned a script that conveys both the joy and the pain caused by being in love.
It portrays various forms of love, from young love to high school crushes to the love between a couple who has spent decades together. Consequently, most anyone can relate to this movie.
Additionally, despite the fact that viewers are introduced to many characters, each is well-written and completely authentic.
Not only is Crazy Stupid Love very funny, it is rooted in poignant issues of the heart that make it accessible to just about any type of audience.