When the film was in theaters, you couldn't change the channel without coming across a trailer for Crazy, Stupid, Love. Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone, the film had enough talent in its cast to become something special. It proved to be a successful outing with audience members, and Warner Brothers has recently released a Blu-ray edition of the film. Is it worth picking up? Or does this one deserve to be divorced?
Crazy, Stupid, Love. was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and saw release near the end of July 2011. The film features the emotional exploits of a host of characters, and while the film has a main plot, it focuses primarily on the lives of four individuals with a bunch of support characters thrown into the mix. With everything that's going on, it's worth mentioning that the film never loses sight of what it wants to accomplish. It does what it sets out to do, quite successfully, and all the little distractions in between add flavor rather than detract. In a nutshell it's a good flick, but just what it is all about?
Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore) have been married for quite some time and things seem to be going well, at least that's what Cal thought. One night over dinner Emily drops the "divorce" bomb on him and on the car ride home she admits to having an affair with co-worker, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). Naturally Cal is crushed. So much so that he even jumps out of the moving vehicle in disbelief. Disheartened and defeated he moves into an apartment and finds himself nursing cocktails at a local bar he always wanted to visit, but never really had the need for.
While wallowing in his own misery and ruining the nights of those around him, he's soon taken under the wing of Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), who promises to help Cal rekindle his manhood. Jacob is cool as a cucumber and is quite the ladies man. Sure he's attractive and in great shape, but the words he uses, the way he dresses, and how he acts all seduce women with great efficiency. It's a skill he soon teaches to Cal to help the man get back on his feet.