While at dinner with his wife, Cal (Steve Carell) announces he wants crème brûlée. His wife, Emily (Julianne Moore) announces she wants a divorce. And that she had an affair with a coworker, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon).
When they get home, Cal tells the babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton) about the divorce. His 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo) overhears. To complicate things, 17-year-old Jessica has a crush on Cal. Robbie is in love with Jessica.
Cal tries to move on with life. At a bar, he is noticed by Jacob (Ryan Gosling). Jacob is quite the ladies’ man, and takes Cal under his wing to help him get his manhood back. Along the way, Jacob meets and falls for Hannah (Emma Stone). Jacob’s new-found love occupies all of his time, leaving Cal alone when he needs a friend the most.
Cal hits rock bottom. Then all hell breaks loose as he tries to put his family back together.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. is a romcom that has enough rom (and Ryan Gosling) for the ladies. (What is with that guy, anyway? He’s ridiculous, right. I’d almost switch teams for him. I mean, come on. How are us normal guys expected to compete with this?) And enough com to keep the guys interested.
Every time they have a touching moment SLAP! the comedy gets you. Then SLAP! they tack it on again for extra com goodness. Sometimes they even SLAP! just for good measure. To make sure you’re laughing and not getting all teary-eyed, or whatever. I will admit, however, that I did cry. From laughing at the fight scene after the plot twist at the climax of the movie.
The movie was expertly written. It does an excellent job exploring the complicated intricacies of love and relationships, without bogging you down in it. The acting is also top-notch. From Steve Carell’s masterful awkward comedy, to Ryan Gosling’s Ryan-Gosling-ness. All the way through the younger actors. (Although, the youngest daughter seems to be just an accessory, not really necessary to the plot.) Yes, the story has been done time and time again. But there is enough new, and interesting, and funny, and unexpected that everyone will enjoy it. If you don’t, well, I’m not sure what’s wrong with you.
Most importantly, if Jacob’s pillow really does conform to the head, as advertised, I must have it.