Crazy Stupid Love
We’ve got Steve Carell playing Cal Weaver, who’s got a pretty wife, nice kids, a nice house, married to his high school sweetheart Julianne Moore, who’s terrific. The movie opens with a shot of feet — apparently the director has a foot fetish — in a restaurant and everybody’s playing footsie, except Steve Carell, who’s wearing sneaks — New Balance to be quite accurate — and they’re trying to decide what to have for desert and so Steve says to Julianne, “let’s say what we both want at the same time” and she says I want a divorce. It turns out she’s been having an affair with Kevin Bacon, who’s adorable in this. He plays the other man as kind of a sweetie, as opposed to a sleaze. Steve is just beside himself and doesn’t really know what to do and is taken under the wing of Ryan Gosling, who is the sleaziest, most charismatic person in this, to discover his manhood. In addition, we have Steve’s son, who is played by a newcomer I’ve never heard before, who is Jonah Bobo, who is in love with his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who’s played by Analeigh Tipton, and the two of them basically steal the movie out from underneath everybody else. The rest of the cast is terrific. As I said, Ryan Gosling is in it, Emma Stone plays a kind of hapless young lawyer involved with an iffy guy. The stories all interweave and I don’t want to tell you exactly how because it’ll take away some of the fun. But this is really great, it’s a little chick-flicky to be quite honest, but it is appealing. I think Steve Carell is not really a leading man, to be quite honest, but he plays the kind of everyman idiot in this one well enough. Marisa Tomei also has a cameo. There are a bunch of very good performances. The writing is okay, it’s well shot, it’s well edited, it’s well cast, and it’s well acted. The fact that you’ve seen a lot of the story before doesn’t really affect you very much. I give it three and a half stars.