At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).
Starring, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei , Jonah Bobo , Beth Littleford , John Carroll Lynch , Kevin Bacon , Analeigh Tipton , Joey King , Liza Lapira , Josh Groban.
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors of I Love You, Phillip Morris.
well here it is a Romantic comedy drama which actually is somewhat romantic, has comedy and drama. i was really looking forward to this movie after the very good response by both audience and critics. i am not saying i was disappointed or something but it just wasn't what i was expecting or i thought. it never gets Crazy as the title suggests, it is not stupid but definitely has love. it is crazy in a way that all the characters have some really crazy life situations and things going on, yes in that way it is crazy. it has every type of love, i mean love at first site, lost love, ever lasting love, crushes and everything else like that.movie starts off very well but after the first half, it gets really bellow average.
i see more maturity in the direction from their last too silly and too weird I Love You, Phillip Morris. they have progressed i think. this movie could have been something of a big and lovely movie but it is too forgettable. it never even tries to be clever or smart. the characters were too self absorbed and the whole movie was too phony for me. that usually bothers me. i wished they looked at actual people's life more closer and should have observed more clearer than they did to get this movie. they really looked like people from another planets, aliens, i couldn't connect to them or understand their feelings.
Steve Carell as Cal is a man who finds his wife Emily, Julianne Moore cheated on him with her Coworker David played by Kevin Bacon and she demands divorce. Cal starts frequents visit to a bar every night after he moves out of the house. he yells his sad story to everyone loud. Jacob, played by Ryan Gosling kind of notices him and decides to help him. he himself is really dashing and womanizer king of a guy who knows Tips To The Trade. the trade being bedding a girl every night with simple talks and gestures. he gets him a whole look and wardrobe change, starts meeting girls like him and the story continues to a rather nice and sweet end. their is Emma Stone playing Hannah, a law student who rejects Jacob at first but falls for him. and other arcs too but not gonna get into that.
when the reviews first started rolling in, everyone was just talking about Ryan Gosling. i really agree with the fact that his whole persona, the look, the attitude and his comic performance was nothing but a treat. he really was someone who is a Fairy Godmother type figure, a very too fantasy like. he is not someone you will find around you easily. Ryan looked super hot and really good in this movie. i am not a big Steve Carell fan but he really impressed me with his depiction of this character. he could have played it like a dead dull man with everything lost and too all over the place guy but he managed to keep a certain amount of balance in his performance with some comic approach to it and being the way he is. he was someone that was very believable to me among the entire characters. Julianne Moore once again plays someone who cries and yells and whines alot. she always performs too over the top for me, i think she always was overrated. her character was someone you really want to go and slap her. Kevin Bacon did a nice job, he wasn't much in the movie but like a nice addition to the cast.
Emma Stone is one gorgeous girl, she is really someone who has good comic timings and pulls romantic comedies very well. you have lately seen her like in every movie. she did nice, nothing great. Marisa Tomei as the teacher of Cal's son was nice too. i loved that crazy scene when Cal brings her to his apartment and moreover the Parent Teacher Meeting one where she gets really crazy. i laughed so hard at her, her expressions and the whole attitude was seriously hilarious.
there are some moments in the movie which really are touching, very few. it has some hilarious scenes that made me laugh. the pacing was slow which was something i liked but the way movie itself was moving was something i didn't liked. so it had Screenplay problems, that ruins everything. Editing was not done well. everything else was okay in it.
its not a high recommendation from me but you might like or even in some way love it, it maybe intoxicating for you too. it is a nice take on romantic comedy drama movies that needed much more than what it got but you still like it for everything it had and have good time.
ok so now i am back to my old way of rating .....