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.
Upon its initial viewing, it’s amazing how blown away I was by this story. On the surface, it looks simply normal, non-inventive, and unimaginative. Even as the story is playing out, it still seems a bit unauthentic. It isn’t until the near finale, especially in the scene where we find the link between all these characters, do we see the vivacity and the pure heart-and-soul writing by Dan Fogelman that is illustrated brilliantly by the cast. Where the screenplay shines is between Jacob (Gosling) and Cal (Carell), as the two venture off to clubs trying to exercise their abilities with women. Every character is dynamic and three dimensional, showcasing the beauty and ugly of each character as they find their ways through life.
If Oscar voters are looking for a audience-friendly, romantic comedy that showcases terrific performances from Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Julianne Moore, then “Crazy, Stupid, Love” fits that mold. Though the film is not necessarily perfect in execution and keeping comedic pace and direction, the Dan Fogelman written screenplay is an award worthy citation to be made for the picture.