Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone




What should be a romantic meal out and a nice time to get out of house turns into a life changing moment as a wife asks her husband for a divorce. Steve Carell plays the husband here, who for the first time in his life is single and in an unusual position. In comes Ryan Gosling, a professional bachelor who shows him how he should be living life from his clothes to the way he speaks.

The film plays out by looking at everyone’s relationships and the issues they are having. However the film is not a straight forward lovey-dovey romantic film. It throws in bits of comedy here and there which you expect from a film starring Steve Carell. For the girls watching the film (and my man-crush I have developed – Drive ) Ryan Gosling is the eye candy and the line as said by Emma Stone’s character in the film ” fuck! Seriously? It’s like you’re Photoshopped!” describes him in just a few words. Emma Stone is there for the guys watching this film looking as lovely as ever.

Ryan Gosling plays his usual character of cool and mysterious. He might do this for most of his characters but they have all worked, he plays the guy women want and the guy men want to be.

This film probably didn’t have the amount of comedic input that I expected it to have and did focus heavily on the relationships going on in the film. But as an enjoyable take on the mixed up lives of a family I did enjoy it. I would say it’s worth a watch but don’t expect lots of laughs.


Film Fact

On the side of the moving truck, the brand is called “U Can Do It”. This is an apparent nod to The Waterboy and several other movies where Rob Schneider plays a townie who yells it to the hero in the movie.