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DVD Review: Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell In CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE - Movies In Focus
Crazy, Stupid, Love is an odd movie. Tonally it lies between a studio comedy and an Independent drama, something that is further highlighted by the odd casting mix of Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and Kevin Bacon. Carell and Moore play Cal and Emily Weaver, a couple who have been happily married for twenty-five years, then one night over dinner Emily drops the bombshell that she has been having an affair and wants to separate. Soon, Cal finds himself alone in a local bar, drowning his sorrows, loudly lambasting his wife and cursing David Lindhagen (Bacon), Emily’s “other man”. Cal befriends Jacob Palmer (Gosling), a suave womanizer who takes Cal under his wing and shows him how to meet women, offering him the opportunity to move on from his failed marriage. However, Jacob’s free-living ways begin to change when he meets and falls in love with Hannah (Emma Stone). Then things start to get really complicated. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa directed Crazy, Stupid, Love from a script by Dan Fogelman, and while it offers some great laughs, it never crosses over into truly hilarious. It’s not the fault of the cast, Carell shows that he is [...]