I’m sure I’m hardly the only one who never expected to see Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand share the silver screen, but that’s just what they do in ‘The Guilt Trip’, a harmless comedy that mostly works due to the chemistry of the pair. There’s not a whole lot to love here, but more often than not there’s something to smile at. The script by Dan Fogelman has the ingredients to be successful, and the team of Rogen and Streisand do their best, but the direction of Anne Fletcher bungles the tone. She really struggles with the transitions from comedy to drama, leading to a vague sense of dissatisfaction with the end product. I’m sure that it’s going to have a decent amount of fans now that it’s in theaters; a bit earlier than original scheduled, but one will have to keep their expectations low. I was hoping for a bit more than what I got, but those eager to just watch Rogen or Streisand do their thing (with the former more toned down than usual) will likely enjoy.
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For Your Consideration: Best Original Screenplay
Film: “Crazy, Stupid, Love”
Director: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Screenplay: Dan Fogelman
Realistic Nominations: None
Cal: How about we say what we want on three? One, two, three.
Emily: I want a divorce.
Cal: [at the same time] Creme brulee.
The summer film season comes and goes with most critics and pundits writing them off as blockbuster’s with huge special effects and vapid dialogue interchanged between characters. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” opened up July 31st to mostly positive reviews and making over $84 million dollars year-to-date. With an outstanding cast that includes Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon, the film was written off as another summer “Rom-Com.” A film experience that proved to be so much more. ”Crazy, Stupid, Love” is an enlightened comedy that brings a breathe of fresh air to love and laughs, while highlighting the performances of its wonderful ensemble.
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