“Crazy Stupid Love”

January 11, 2012

The first thing I have to say is that I am not a fan of Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei or Kevin Bacon.  Carell usually wears me out with silliness.  Tomei just does not appeal to me in any way.  And, Bacon has lost his pizazz in movies.  Okay, the negatives are out of the way.

That said, “Crazy Stupid Love” was the surprise of the month for me as far as movies go!  I loved it.  Of course, anything with Ryan Gosling deserves a look.  He lived up to my expectations, once again proving he is capable of comedy as well as drama.

Steve Carell was a big surprise.  I did not cringe once when he appeared on screen. In fact, I enjoyed his performance.  Maybe this is his kind of movie.

Julianne Moore was…. well, she was the typical Julianne Moore character.  I think I like her, but honestly I see her as a filler in the cast.  She looked the same in “Benny and Joon” and that was years ago.  Apparently, she is destined to play the same character or similar characters in all movies.  But, at the very least, she is a good filler, not stealing any scenes but not distracting from them either.

Emma Stone performed admirably.  She is an asset to the movie.  However, it was not until near the end of the flick that I noticed her remarkable resemblance to Moore.

Kevin Bacon, who played Moore’s out of the marriage love interest, was adequate in his part.  After all, this is a story of a middle aged couple going through marriage.

Forget the idea of Gosling’s abs and the locker room scene.  Although something to look at, that part of the movie was almost gratuitous.  I’m not complaining.  He is a looker.

The story has a nice little tie up at the end that makes one laugh out loud.  Few movies do that any more.  At best, a smile or chuckle is about all I can muster for most.  However, as “Crazy Stupid Love” brings the characters together a good old laugh was deserved.

Let’s get real.  This is not a mind bender.  But, there is enough to bring a good laugh.  And, that’s something we all need.

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