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Like its title, directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is an earnest, even sweet romantic comedy that seems like a throwback to the old days of romcoms, when romantic comedies were actually, honest to goodness romantic, too, and didn’t feel the need to wallow gratuitously in tits and asses and raunchy escapades. (Well, for the most part.) The film stars a fantastic ensemble that includes Steve Carell, the always dependable Julianne Moore, and young bucks Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone to offset the old folks. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and for Download from Warner Bros. November 1st, 2011.
Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling lead an all-star cast in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Fortysomething straight-laced Cal Weaver (Carell) is living the dream—good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart, Emily (Julianne Moore). So when Cal learns that his wife has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth so handsome player Jacob Palmer (Gosling) takes him on as wingman and protégé, opening Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style. Despite Cal’s makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can’t be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading Cal back to where he began. Brimming with inspired performances, critics are calling this gem of a romantic comedy “a movie that understands love” (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly).
From our original review of the film:
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” tries to be an ensemble film, with a bunch of threads that ultimately come together through a bunch of hidden connections. When the film jumps from strand to strand it can be a bit jarring, and after awhile it becomes a jumble of unrelated subplots and bogs down the pace. It feels overly long at 118-minutes, and probably could have been trimmed down some for streamlining purposes. While this is one of the film’s greatest weaknesses, it is the cast, from top to bottom, and their chemistry and magnetism, coupled with the constant dream crushing, is what keeps the film moving forward.
Sweet and earnest and bitter, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is, at its center, a romance and a comedy (though not an actual romantic comedy), which I assume will probably keep any of you still reading from watching this film, but it is smart, cynical, and pessimistic enough that it may actually be worth your while to give it a chance.
You can read the rest of Brent’s review for “Crazy, Stupid, Love” here.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the film on Blu-ray disc, standard DVD, and a digital copy for you travelin’ types. After you get through a couple of trailers, the Blu-ray offers up two featurettes and deleted scenes in terms of special features.
The first featurette, “Steve and Ryan Walk Into a Bar”, is a 6 minute and 40-second behind-the-scenes sorta gag-reel-ish sit down (in a bar, of course) with stars Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling basically goofing off about their characters. Or, mostly, it’s Carrell goofing off while Gosling tries to come along for the ride. Still, the idea of these two guys chilling at a bar together is just odd, in the movie and as a bonus behind-the-scenes thing.
“The Player Meet his Match” is a 5 minute and 40 second featurette focusing on Ryan Gosling’s player character and the woman who rebuffs him, played by Emma Stone. I always thought Gosling playing a suave ladies man was kind of weird in the movie, but it sort of works. Kinda. Then again, maybe I’m still fresh from his “Driver” role. I keep expecting him to take the girls home and then beat her with a tire iron or something. Anyways, the interviews with Stone and Gosling is conducted in a “locker room” setting. I think you can figure out why.
After those two relatively short featurettes, you get a whopping 12 minutes worth of deleted scenes. I mean, that’s a lot. They should definitely have kept the Liza Lapira scenes. Hilarious. And as a bonus, you get an alternate ending with Emily and Cal.