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Review of Crazy, Stupid, Love

HollywoodNews.com: Stupid, Crazy Love is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Despite its pedigreed cast and the directing team of Dan Fogelman and John Requa (the very good I Love You Phillip Morris), Stupid, Crazy Love is written and performed like a sub-par sitcom. Despite its promise of adult comedy and genuine insight into love, family, and relationships, it comes off as a shockingly moronic and simplistic fable penned by people who apparently have no experience with real relationships.

Every moment of genuine pathos and earned drama, is followed or undercut by a ghastly contrivance. It treats women solely as conquests, either as casual one-off hook-ups or as prizes to be won. In terms of teaching its audience how how to deal with the people in our lives, it is far more insidious than the Twilight films, since the supernatural romance is hardly subtle about its disconcerting undertones. Like the loathsome Enchanted, Crazy, Stupid Love hides its regressive and boneheaded notions of love and romance under a guise of progress maturity and thoughtfulness. I do not yet know whether it is the worst film of 2011. But it surely contains more awful moments than any film I’ve seen this year.

A token amount of plot: Cal (Steve Carell) has just been dumped by his wife of 25 years after Emily (Julianne Moore) admits to having an affair with her coworker, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). Conceding defeat and moving out, Cal drowns his sorrows at a local nightclub where his self-pitying rants draw the attention of pick-up artist Jacob (Ryan Gosling). For reasons relatively unexplained, Jacob takes pity on Cal and offers to mentor him in the ways of ‘scoring’ with the various women that show up at this one bar every night. As Cal embraces his inner lothario, his son has issues of his own. Thirteen-year old Robbie (Jonah Bobo) has a massive crush on Jessica (Analeigh Tipton) the family’s seventeen-year old babysitter. Will Cal find peace with his new one-night stands, or does he merely miss his wife? Can Robbie stalk, harass, and embarrass his way into Jessica’s heart? And what will happen to serial f*cker Jacob when he actually forms a connection with Hannah (Emma Stone), a young lawyer who initially spurned his advances?

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