Crazy, Stupid, Love Review

This movie was not what it was advertised as.  I walked in thinking this would be a comedy/drama about a man dealing with his divorce.  When in fact it is a story starring a 13 year old who needs to have his beliefs reaffirmed.  And I LOVED it!  Allow me to explain.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a combination of love stories that all intertwine with each other.  Carl (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) are divorcing (the end of love).  Jacob (Ryan Gosling) is sleeping with every woman he meets (not even the beginning of love).  Hanna is trying to figure out what love really is (lost in the limbo of love).  Robbie (Jonah Bobo) is trying to prove that he really knows what love is (proof of love).  On top of that, he is trying to prove that he truly is in love.

Robbie is the 13 year old who is unknowingly pushing all of these stories together.  I don’t really want to explain the plot more than that.  Crazy, Stupid, Love has some twists and turns that I should have seen coming, but never did.  Yet, each one made perfect sense and truly contributed to each character’s growth.

What I am happy to talk about is the characters.  First is Robbie.  He is a 13 year old boy who is in love with his baby sitter.  Not only is he in love, but he knows that she is his soul mate.  The entirety of this film can be summed up by asking and answering the question: do we each have a soul mate.  Robbie pushes his father to asking that question.  Which unknowingly pushes other characters into asking themselves what that means to them.

Carl is a man who has just kind of given up.  He has only ever been with one woman in his life.  He thinks that this is how the rest of his life is going to be, and so why try?  This leads to Emily divorcing him and he meets Jacob while he is trying to drink his sorrows away.  Steve Carell’s transformation from unwitting schlub to mac daddy (I have always wanted to say mac daddy!!!) is completely believable and also excellent tutelage on how to sell yourself, whether to women or anyone else for that matter.  Carell’s performance is fantastic!

Which leads me to Ryan Gosling’s Jacob.  This character was not at all what I thought it was going to be.  From the previews I was expecting a character from Jersey Shore.  Instead he was a man who played a character for a very specific reason, revealed later in the film, but who still has a good heart.  He takes Carl under his wing and teaches him in order to genuinely help him.  I liked his character from his first introduction, and I really did not expect to.

I also need to talk about Emma Stone.  She plays Hanna, who is trying to figure out what she really wants out of love.  I can’t tell you much more than that without ruining some great twists, but I will say that she has a seduction scene in this film that put a giant smile on my face.

Crazy, Stupid, Love has real characters who go through real growth.  It has a point that I believe it firmly makes about fighting for the people you love.  And I laughed throughout with the rest of the audience.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic comedy, a date movie, or something to do on a Saturday afternoon.

Have you seen Crazy, Stupid, Love?  What did you think of it?  Let us know in the comments below.

~Ryan Lynch