Crazy, Stupid, Love

I have been watching romantic comedies for about sixteen years now, nothing can surprise me. Romantic movies are all girl loves boy and boy loves girl with few complications sprinkled from the top. What differentiates one romantic comedy from other is the quotient of sex and comedy.

Crazy: A middle aged man’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce.

Stupid: A preteen boy falls in love with her babysitter who is in her late teens.

Love: A man whose day starts and ends by picking up girls at a bar finally finds the one.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. is a 2011 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, written by Dan Fogelman, and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Analeigh Tipton, and Kevin Bacon. The film was released on July 29, 2011. The crazy and stupid complexities that love brings are meshed together to present this light hearted comedy that will absorb you till the end. Most of the romantic comedies fail to hit the nerves, many a times they overdo in order to make people slip off their chair. But this movie is different, at times it will make you laugh and pop those popcorns off your lap, at times it will make you cuddle with the person sitting next to you and at times the movie will give you the satisfaction that only a lucky few can experience.

Steve Carell has played the role of “Cal Weaver”, a middle aged sad sack who divorces his wife “Emily” played by Julianne Moore with such candour and perfection that you cannot but fall in love with his character. On the other hand Ryan Gosling fits perfectly in his role of getting “new girl in bed everyday”. Ryan Gosling who plays the role of “Jacob Palmer” will make you drool with his devilish charm and make your knees buckle with his six pack abs. Julianne Moore plays the role of Emily the wife who is not satisfied by her marriage and Emma Stone plays “Hannah” and creates seismic waves with her sassy character.

The story line is predictable but still heartfelt. The movie does not rely on the vulgar brand of humour but pegs on the naivety of the characters. They saved the best surprise for the last. When you think you have seen it all, it throws in the shocker of all times to flip you off your seats. This could be the only movie that is so predictable but yet so enjoyable.

This may not be the ultimate romantic comedy but when you are alone and no one loves you or when everyone is out partying on Friday night without you, this movie could be the only solace for you. It is romantic, touching and down to earth.

Bhanuj Saharan.