Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Sometime last summer, we were supposed to see Crazy Stupid Love in the theaters on one date night, and then also on a vacation day. Neither day worked out, and we ultimately missed the film while it was still playing in theaters. Ah well, what can you do. It took a few more months, but we waited patiently for Netflix to pick it up, and here we are. As is our annual New Year’s Eve tradition, we watched a film, and we went with Crazy Stupid Love this year.

As romantic comedies go, I thought this was pretty good. Here’s the synopsis, courtesey of the good folks at

A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a new-found friend Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.

The film has an all-star cast:

  • Steve Carell
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Julianne Moore
  • Emma Stone
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Beth Littleford
  • John Carroll Lynch

I’m generally rather disappointed with romantic comedies — they’re never written well, and I find the plots to be trite. On the other hand, I thought Crazy Stupid Love was rather well-written. The plot had some well-travelled themes, but it went another level. The characters were good people and interesting. As a result, I found the whole film to be ultimately engaging.

Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

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