Movie review: Crazy Stupid Love is not crazy or stupid at all

August 7, 2011 – I haven’t seen too many movies with Steve Carell that I thought were worth the ticket price.

I tend to like Carell best when he’s not playing his Michael Scott character from “The Office”, which he often does in movies. His talent shines when he plays a rarer role, the vulnerable guy next door, like he did in “Dan in Real Life” and “Little Miss Sunshine”.

His latest, “Crazy Stupid Love” fits into the vulnerable category, and is every bit as charming as the trailers make it out to be.

The movie is an ensemble piece with a host of talented actors including Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon and relative newcomer Emma Stone, who seems to be everywhere these days.

While the movie has several hilarious moments, the story plays on the heartstrings and you find yourself rooting for every character, young and old. Gosling, coming off a very serious role in “Blue Valentine”, steals the show as a lounge lizard, smooth talker who shows Carell’s character how to win over the ladies after he finds himself newly single, and the well-written banter between the two men – and the rest of the talented cast – will make you laugh, give you hope and warm your heart. That’s a lot to get from a romantic comedy, but “Crazy Stupid Love” delivers it with ease.

So, if you’re planning a trip to the movies, go see this one. You won’t be disappointed.

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