Crazy, Stupid, Love.
|Crazy, Stupid, Love.|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Glenn Ficarra
|Produced by||Steve Carell
Denise Di Novi
|Written by||Dan Fogelman|
John Carroll Lynch
|Music by||Christophe Beck
|Editing by||Lee Haxall|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||118 minutes|
Crazy, Stupid, Love. is a 2011 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Dan Fogelman. It stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Annaleigh Tipton and Kevin Bacon. The film was released in United States and Canada by Warner Bros. Pictures on July 29, 2011.
Upon release, the film received positive reviews, earning a 78% approval rating and a "Certified Fresh" rating at review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. The film was a box office success, grossing $19,104,303 in its opening weekend and earning a total of more than $140 million, far exceeding its $50 million budget. The film earned Ryan Gosling a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 1, 2011. The character Jacob Palmer (played by Ryan Gosling) is loosely based on dating coach Nick Sparks of The Social Man.
Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is a middle-aged man who learns that his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) cheated on him with a co-worker, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon), and that she wants a divorce. After moving into his own apartment, Cal goes to a bar night after night, talking loudly about his divorce, until he attracts the attention of a young man named Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) who is a womanizer who beds women each night, although a young woman named Hannah (Emma Stone) recently had rejected his advances. Jacob takes pity on Cal, and offers to teach him how to pick up women. Using Jacob's teachings, Cal seduces Kate (Marisa Tomei) at the bar. After this encounter, Cal manages to successfully seduce other women in the bar. He sees Emily again at their son Robbie's (Jonah Bobo) parent-teacher conference. The interaction goes well until they discover that Robbie's teacher is Kate, who reveals to Emily that she and Cal slept together. Cal then confesses to sleeping with many women. Emily leaves in disgust and begins actively dating David. Meanwhile, Hannah, a recent law school graduate, is expecting her boyfriend, Richard (Josh Groban) to propose marriage while they celebrate her passing the bar exam, but he does not, which hurts Hannah's feelings. Hannah returns to the bar where she originally rejected Jacob's advances and kisses Jacob passionately. The two return to Jacob's home to have sex, but end up talking to each other all night and making a connection. Jacob starts a relationship with Hannah, and he becomes distant from Cal.
At the same time, Robbie makes numerous grand gestures to try to win the heart of his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica Riley (Analeigh Tipton), who actually has a crush on Cal. On the advice of her classmate Madison (Julianna Guill), she takes naked photos of herself to send to Cal and tucks them away in an envelope inside her dresser drawer. Later, when Emily calls Cal under the guise of needing help with the house's pilot light, Cal decides to try and win her back. Meanwhile, Jacob returns Cal's calls and asks for advice about starting a real relationship. Jessica's mother, Claire (Beth Littleford) discovers Jessica's naked photos addressed to Cal in her drawer and shows them to Jessica's father, Bernie (John Carroll Lynch). He rushes to the Weaver residence to confront him about the photos. Cal and his kids create a makeshift mini golf set in their backyard to remind Emily of their first date. During the gathering, Jacob and Hannah show up at the house, and Hannah is revealed to be Cal and Emily's first daughter. Cal is appalled that Jacob is dating his daughter, and forbids her to see him. At that moment, Bernie shows up and attacks Cal. Jessica arrives and tells her father that Cal knew nothing of the pictures. Then David arrives on the scene to return Emily's sweater from a previous date. Cal, Jacob, David, and Bernie then get into a scuffle which is soon broken up by the police. Cal starts spending his time at the bar again and receives a visit from Jacob, who confesses that he is in love with Hannah. Cal refuses to approve of their relationship. Jacob harbors no ill feelings, but rather respects him and praises him for being a great father.
At Robbie's eighth grade graduation, Robbie is the Salutatorian and gives a pessimistic speech about how he no longer believes in true love and soul-mates. Cal stops him and instead begins to recount his courtship with Emily to the audience, saying that, while he doesn't know if things will work out, he will never give up on Emily. With renewed faith, Robbie reaffirms his love for Jessica, to the audience's applause. After the ceremony, Cal gives Jacob and Hannah his blessing. Jessica gives Robbie an envelope containing the photos of herself to "get him through high school". Cal and Emily have a laugh talking about the events that have transpired the past year.
- Steve Carell as Cal Weaver
- Ryan Gosling as Jacob Palmer
- Julianne Moore as Emily Weaver
- Emma Stone as Hannah "Nana" Weaver
- Analeigh Tipton as Jessica Riley
- Jonah Bobo as Robbie Weaver
- Joey King as Molly Weaver
- Karolina Wydra as Jordyn
- Marisa Tomei as Kate Tafferty
- Julianna Guill as Madison
- John Carroll Lynch as Bernie Riley
- Beth Littleford as Claire Riley
- Kevin Bacon as David Lindhagen
- Liza Lapira as Liz
- Josh Groban as Richard
- Crystal Reed as Amy Johnson
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Hardware Store Assistant
Crazy, Stupid, Love received generally positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 78% based on reviews from 193, with a rating average of 6.9 out of 10. On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 68/100, indicating "generally favorable". CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was a "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
Roger Ebert gave Crazy, Stupid, Love 3 out of 4 stars and remarked that it "is a sweet romantic comedy about good-hearted people". A. O. Scott of The New York Times was also positive and gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, stating "Crazy, Stupid, Love is, on balance, remarkably sane and reasonably smart". Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a 4 out of 5 review as well and said that it "conjures up the bittersweet magic of first loves, lasting loves, lost loves and all the loves in between". Daniel Sarath of New in Cinema gave the film 3 stars but praised it for being "a romantic comedy that is actually romantic and comedic".
Some reviewers were less favorable, such as Christy Lemire at the Associated Press, who wrote that "it never gets crazy or stupid enough to make you truly fall in love with it", giving the film a 2 out of 4 rating. James Rocchi of MSN Movies was particularly critical, giving it 1 out of 5 and remarking that it is "a star-studded lump of fantasy and falsehood". The film was included in TV Guide's "Best Movies of 2011" list.
Crazy, Stupid, Love opened at #5 at the North American box office on its opening weekend with $19.1 million. It has earned $84.2 million in the United States and Canada as well as $58.5 million internationally for a worldwide total of $142.7 million.
|BMI Film & TV Awards||Film Music Award||Nick Urata||Nominated|
|Casting Society of America||Outstanding Achievement in Casting for a Big Budget Comedy Feature||Mindy Marin, Kara Lipson||Won|
|Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards||Actor of the Year||Ryan Gosling (Also for Drive and The Ides of March)||Runner-up|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Comedy||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actor||Ryan Gosling||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Best Comedy||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Ryan Gosling||Nominated|
|Golden Trailer Awards||Best Romance TV Spot||"In It"||Nominated|
|2012 MTV Movie Awards||Best Female Performance||Emma Stone||Nominated|
|Best Kiss||Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Comedy Movie||Nominated|
|Favorite Actress||Emma Stone (Also for The Help)||Won|
|Favorite Comedic Actress||Emma Stone||Won|
|Favorite Comedic Actor||Steve Carell||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Comedy||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor: Comedy||Ryan Gosling||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress: Comedy||Emma Stone||Won|
|Choice Movie Chemistry||Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Liplock||Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Hissy Fit||Steve Carell||Nominated|
|33rd Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor||Jonah Bobo||Nominated|
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