Judd: After 25 years of marriage, Emily (Julianne Moore) wants a divorce from Cal (Steve Carell) and Cal finds himself back on the market. Jacob (Ryan Gosling) teaches Cal the ways of seduction, but to what does the life of a playboy amount? What is this crazy, stupid thing called love?
Swanner: Nicely put … Crazy, Stupid Love is one of those unexpected treasures that you stumble upon. I had liked the preview for it but I wasn’t sure it would pan out on screen, since it rarely does. Directors Glenn Finarra and John Requa (I Love You, Phillip Morris) do a great job making these characters come to life with just the right amount of likeability, and the Oscar worthy script by Dan Fogelman grows them into real flesh and blood people … brilliant. Fogelman’s previous writing credits are for Cars, Bolt and Tangled…really? Wow!
Judd: I hate to call Crazy Stupid Love a romantic comedy because it’s a tainted genre, but this movie rises above with great characters and a great story – and a ton of story, to boot! The amount of subplots in Crazy Stupid love is crazy, but not stupid. I was amazed at how the movie covered all of them to a satisfying end, and none of them felt tacked on. There’s Emily and Cal, Cal and Jacob, Jacob and Hannah (Emma Stone), Emily and David (Kevin Bacon), Hannah and Richard (Josh Grobin), Robbie and Jessica, Jessica and Cal, Cal and Kate, and a couple of other subplots just for good measure. The movie dipped into clichéd banality once or twice and the amount of plot almost became overwhelming, but in the end everything served a purpose. All without a pillow fight or flour being thrown in someone’s face.
Swanner: That was exhausting but absolutely true. I loved how in the beginning you find a character or characters that you can relate to and start rooting for them, but by the end of the film I was rooting for everyone. They all had reasons for things that they did and they were all valid. I didn’t have to make excuses up in my head for why someone did or said something because it’s so well written and edited that it makes sense. You mention about slipping into cliché, when they do even Cal realizes its cliché and calls himself on it…how freaking refreshing is that?
Judd: Since I need to find something to bitch about, the problem I had with the movie is that all of Jacob’s conquests come from the same bar. Don’t you think that the women that frequent this establishment would finally figure out that he’s kind of gross and skeevy? And I don’t think I’m being sexaphobic here. I understand the Casanova thing. But we all know someone who’s very good at getting laid and for as much as we envy that person, don’t we also talk crap about them behind their back? Because let’s face it, guys who get laid all the time usually don’t have discriminating taste and have bagged as many beasts as they have beauties.
Swanner: I don’t think this is a movie you need to find fault with. He needed to cruise the same bar so Cal and he would become buddies. I also think that Ryan Gosling is too delicious to ever be skeevy. I think it’s a terrific film and I already have it on my top ten list for the year. I will warn people that it’s an adult movie with a PG-13 rating. Don’t take kids to see this movie…get a sitter and have a nice kid free night.