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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, written by Dan Fogelman and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. It follows multiple characters in interconnected stories of love.

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During the gathering, Jacob and Hannah show up at the house, and Hannah is revealed to be Cal and Emily's first daughter born to them right out of high school. Cal is appalled that Jacob is dating his daughter, and forbids her from seeing him. Bernie shows up and attacks Cal. Jessica arrives and tells her father that Cal knew nothing of the pictures. David arrives on the scene to return Emily's sweater from a previous date. When Jacob identifies him, he punches David in the face for the pain he caused Cal. Cal, Jacob, David, and Bernie then get into a scuffle which is soon broken up by the police. Cal starts spending time at the bar again and receives a visit from Jacob, who confesses that he is in love with Hannah and has begun to re-evaluate his life as a result. Cal replies that he is happy that Jacob is a changed man but does not approve of Jacob and Hannah's relationship, having seen Jacob's former lifestyle. Jacob resigns without harboring any ill feelings; rather, he expresses his respect for Cal and praises him for being a great father.

At Robbie's eighth grade graduation, Robbie is the salutatorian and gives a pessimistic speech about how he no longer believes in true love and soulmates. Cal stops him, and instead begins to recount his courtship with Emily to the audience, saying that, while he does not know if things will work out, he will never give up on Emily. With renewed faith, Robbie reaffirms his love for Jessica, to the audience's applause. After the ceremony, Cal gives Jacob and Hannah his blessing. Jessica gives Robbie an envelope containing the nude photos of herself that were originally intended for Cal to "get him through high school." Cal and Emily have a laugh talking about the events that have transpired the past year, and watching them from afar, Robbie smiles optimistically.

Dan Fogelman started writing the screenplay in 2009 about love among a group of people.[5] It is based on his own experiences and was written with Steve Carell in mind.[6] After Fogelman sent it to his manager, within a week Carell read it and came aboard the project.[7][8] In December 2009, Warner Bros. secured the rights of the then-untitled project for $2.5 million.[5][9] In January 2010, the film was in pre-production.[10] On March 16, 2010, Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in the film.[11] On April 7, 2010, Lio Tipton[a] was in final talks to appear in the film.[12] On April 12, Kevin Bacon also joined the cast.[13] It is the first project produced by Carell's Carousel Productions.[6]

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly called it "Nothing more (or less) than an enchanting light comedy of romantic confusion... It's a movie that understands love because it understands pain." He gave it a grade "A".[21] Roger Ebert gave Crazy, Stupid, Love 3 out of 4 stars and remarked that it "is a sweet romantic comedy about good-hearted people".[22] A. O. Scott of The New York Times gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, and wrote: "Crazy, Stupid, Love is, on balance, remarkably sane and reasonably smart".[23] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a 4 out of 5 review as well and said that it "conjures up the bittersweet magic of first loves, lasting loves, lost loves and all the loves in between".[24]

Some reviewers were less favorable, such as Christy Lemire at the Associated Press, who wrote that "it never gets crazy or stupid enough to make you truly fall in love with it", giving the film a 2 out of 4 rating.[25] James Rocchi of MSN Movies was particularly critical, giving it 1 out of 5 and remarking that it is "a star-studded lump of fantasy and falsehood".[26]

But the surprise is Ryan Gosling. I consider him a superb actor, and I've seen him play everything from an anti-Semite ("The Believer") to a child killer ("Murder by Numbers") to a man in love with a love doll ("Lars and the Real Girl"). In "Blue Valentine" (2010), he plays a not ideal husband. But I didn't see him as a lounge lizard and pickup artist, and in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," he has as much bulls#!t as if he'd been Zach Galifianakis all of his life.

So, OK. We have two generations seeking success in love. Robbie does a winsomely good job of pining hopelessly for Jessica, who has set her sights a little higher. Cal, meanwhile, takes advantage of Jacob's coaching to score sensationally with Kate (Marisa Tomei), an energetic, recovering alcoholic who is a sexual virtuoso. And then something happens that Jacob did not anticipate: In the bar one night, he meets the lovely Hannah (Emma Stone) and does something he didn't think he was capable of. He falls in love.

Often what makes the comedy work is the way it is played alongside the tragedy. Cal absorbing the fact that the high school sweetheart he married may not love him anymore comes with pratfalls, but pain lives in those scenes too.

As much as the movie is about couples and coupling, it is also a film about families, and the filmmakers find a way to give that its due as well. Because that is, after all, where true romance so often leads. Between the writing, acting, directing and the rest, it works. Not crazy, not stupid, and filled with love. Period.

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) has been in love with his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), since high school, marrying her at 17. So it's no understatement to say that his world falls to pieces when she declares over dinner at a restaurant that she has strayed and thinks she wants a divorce. Cal has no idea how to be single, spending his first few weeks perched on a bar stool at a nightclub he'd passed many times but never had the guts to enter. The entire scene is foreign to him ... until confident Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a certified womanizer who can persuade almost any girl to go home with him, takes Cal under his wing and decides to teach him how to take interest in both himself and other women. But even Jacob isn't immune to the charms of that someone special -- in this case, Hannah (Emma Stone), on whom his usual approach doesn't seem to work. Meanwhile, Cal's 13-year-old son (Jonah Bobo) is in love with his 17-year-old babysitter (Annaleigh Tipton), who happens to be smitten with Cal.

Happily for the picture, which is no great shakes, but is both character-driven and smartly cast, new title sequences have been substituted so that Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling can court laughter in a somewhat more distinctive sounding Loco y Estupido Amor. It's the love that's stupid and crazy, not the people (at least in Spanish; in English, the title's second comma makes a hash of a meaning).

Jacob's a trust-fund smoothie, whose practiced seductive patter (invariably ending with a cooed, "Let's get out of here") scores effortlessly with the ladies, and despite Cal's doofus-y inexperience, with a little tutoring and some better-fitting threads, he's soon doing nearly as well. Alas, Cal's still smitten with his wife, sneaking home after dark to surreptitiously water rose bushes and aerate the lawn while peering longingly through the window at his family (in the movie's scheme of things this makes him loveable, not a stalker).

As a cross-generational counterpoint to Cal's shaken-up love life, his romance tutor Jacob (Ryan Gosling) thinks himself a seduction sensei until he meets seemingly unseduceable law student Hannah (Emma Stone). Ben Glass/Warner Brothers hide caption

GOSLING: Yeah. I do feel better, so I think he was right. That in tandem with I just love Steve Carell, always wanted to work with Steve. When I first moved to Los Angeles I did a pilot, was 17, had a small part, so did Steve. We didn't get to work together but he was so funny I would go to set just to watch him work. One time the boom guy just threw down his mic and had a laughing attack in the corner in the middle of a take. It was the first time I worked with someone who was so good it was a problem. I became a huge fan the. I watched him on "The Daily Show," I watched all his movies. Eventually I got this opportunity to work with him so I decided to jump at it. I didn't really think of it as a conscious choice to do a comedy, although the prescription was looming there in my subconscious, but I really wanted to work with Steve. I would have done anything to work with him.

Cal does stop fighting for Emily. And he does so in a pretty egregious way. But I have to give him a bit of credit here for realizing his mistakes and taking up the cause once again. I can also laud him for forcefully resisting the idea of one of his kids falling for a promiscuous lover. (Never mind, for the moment, that he himself has become that kind of person.) He encourages Robbie to believe in true love when the boy becomes momentarily disillusioned.

Years before she signed on to play Hannah, Cal's daughter and Jacob's love interest, Emma Stone was building up her résumé on the small screen. The star picked up one of her first credits for an episode of Malcolm in the Middle (pictured above).

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) resorts to taking advice from Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a notorious lady’s man, after his wife (Julianne Moore) asks for a divorce. But love, being the crazy, stupid thing that it is, soon has Jacob asking Cal for tips when he meets a woman (Emma Stone) he really wants to get serious with.

More male fantasy than chick flick, the overall impression this film leaves you with will probably depend on your gender. In the end it certainly depicts some crazy characters behaving in decidedly stupid ways, and hardly deals with the real nature of love.

In what ways does this script create a male fantasy? What characters are in love with Cal? What few things does Cal need to change to become an irresistible chick magnet? How does he justify his adulterous actions? Why is his behavior more acceptable than that of his wife? And how about Jacob? Are high quality women really attracted to studs that just need taming? 041b061a72

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