That’s not to say Crazy, Stupid, Love is among Steve Carell’s most overlooked flicks. Quite the opposite is true, as the film proved a success both at the box office and with critics. Still, even in spite of its theatrical reception, the star-studded rom-com has largely been forgotten in the near decade since it premiered in 2011. As such, Crazy, Stupid, Love is more than fit for re-discovery for rom-com lovers and cynics, alike.
And yes, Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of the few rom-coms that has plenty to offer on both sides of that equation, skewering the plight of the romantic as often as it shamelessly over-indulges in absurdist amorous overtures. If you are among the cynics who opted to skip itin its theatrical run, we can tell you the film follows the travails of a mildly depressed, middle-aged man (Carell) whose life quickly unravels after discovering his wife (Julianne Moore) has been having an affair and wants to Finish their 25-year marriage.
If you’re thinking that’s hardly the start of a traditional rom-com, you’d be Correct. That brutal beginning, however, proves the push that puts Carell’s character, Cal, on the path of self re-discovery as he attempts to once again navigate the dating world as a single man. That voyage is aided by a local ladies man named Jacob (Ryan Gosling) who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to woo modern women. The duo’s lives become further entangled when Jacob unintentionally falls for Cal’s daughter, Hannah (Emma Stone). Things only Obtain trickier for everyone from there, of course, with a killer cast of stalwart supporting players like Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, John Caroll-Lynch, Joey King, Analeigh Tipton, and Beth Littleford ably contributing to the tender-hearted madness.
Crazy, Stupid, Love proves itself to be a first-rate rom-com with style, wit, and charm to burn. If you didn’t already know that, it’s high time you found out for yourself.