Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Crazy, Stupid, Love.: ensemble rom-com loosely following a couple’s divorce and the subsequent mid-life crises. This is a film of two halves: the front end is brilliant, Ryan Gosling in particular is on top form as the no-nonsense, face-slapping, tough-love female guru – and his relationship with Carell is very watchable. For me, the second half was much quieter and a bit more predictable, falling back on a bog-standard personal journey and ‘gratifying’ wrap-up – although the climactic scene at the house is wildly entertaining, and quite clever. The film also shoots itself in the foot by having about 4 endings, it seems to just go on and on. The humour catches you off-guard, usually big budget/big cast comedies are given terrible, watered-down scripts, but there’s more than enough laughs on the table here. Carell has a strangely Jim-Carey-lite-like watchable presence, however he can’t really hold his own when it comes to the more emosh scenes. Crazy Stupid Love exceeds expectations as far as a comedy goes, however the second half of the movie lets it down and drags it out.
I agree that Ryan Gosling is the standout and that the climactic scene is great. I enjoyed it a lot more than you did and rated it higher, though.
Clear and concise. Here’s my review:
Surprisingly, I enjoyed this… quite a lot, actually. Refreshing, in regards to the usual crap Hollywood passes up as comedy. The only thing I could’ve done without was the “feel good” stuff they started throwing near the end.
“Refreshing, in regards to the usual crap Hollywood passes up as comedy” – That’s why I didn’t understand how it was labelled and marketed as the usual Hollywood crap! Actively avoided this at the cinema, but the girlfriend talked me in to watching it – kinda glad she did now. First half is definitely far superior to the wrap-up.