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  • Summary: At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver 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, has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world,At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver 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, 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 protege to handsome, thirty-something player Jacob Palmer. In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren't the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal's 13-year-old son, Robbie, is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began. [Warner Bros. Pictures]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 27, 2011
    100
    Nothing more (or less) than an enchanting light comedy of romantic confusion... It's a movie that understands love because it understands pain.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Jul 23, 2011
    80
    The movie's biggest surprise is the revelation of Gosling as cunning comedian.
  3. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jul 28, 2011
    75
    Crazy, Stupid, Love seems at times like a bunch of movies searching for an identity. Happily, some of them are actually worth watching.
  4. 70
    The script, by Dan Fogelman, is unusually and gratifyingly bisexual - i.e., it boasts scenes from both the male and female points of view!
  5. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Jul 29, 2011
    70
    Grant the filmmakers the efficiency of their plotting, even if it reduces characters to types. And credit them with having assembled a cast capable of making the film's craziness and stupidity appealing, even if hitching actors of the caliber of Moore and Gosling (and to a lesser extent Carell and Stone) to material this thin is a little like hitching a Saturn rocket to a go-cart.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 28, 2011
    63
    Directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra were weaned on earthy comedies like "Bad Santa," and every moment of mature insight in Crazy, Stupid, Love is answered by a scene of formulaic farce.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 26, 2011
    25
    What to say about an uphill slog called Crazy, Stupid, Love? It's not nearly crazy enough to clear the clogged arteries of summer comedies, and when the love appears, it's in all the wrong places. Oh well, at least they nailed the stupid part.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 75
  2. Negative: 2 out of 75
  1. Aug 3, 2011
    10
    WAY better than your average romantic comedy! Granted when i saw it with my friends, there was only 1 guy in the audience, but it isWAY better than your average romantic comedy! Granted when i saw it with my friends, there was only 1 guy in the audience, but it is definitely one movie you should see this summer. Love the cast, absolutely hilarious, and the view of Ryan Gosling ain't bad, right ladies? ;) Collapse
  2. Sep 18, 2011
    10
    Probably the only romantic that could be called an epic. Sprawling, complex, intricately structured, and multi-layered. Hilarious, poignant,Probably the only romantic that could be called an epic. Sprawling, complex, intricately structured, and multi-layered. Hilarious, poignant, involving, and endlessly entertaining. Adjective, adjective, adjective. This movie's awesome. Anything else you want to say? Get the hell out. Expand
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really don't like romantic movies, but this one has Ryan as cool guy who teaches Steve how to pick up girls, great cast and ending where we understand how this world is small. Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2011
    8
    The world is small, this movie proves once again that the form of interlocking stories, hilarious, poignant, de-stressing, entertaining, wellThe world is small, this movie proves once again that the form of interlocking stories, hilarious, poignant, de-stressing, entertaining, well acted, recommended Expand
  5. Jul 30, 2011
    7
    It's a good-hearted movie that borrows a ton from other films, but it's absolutely saved by the performances of Ryan Gosling, Carell, andIt's a good-hearted movie that borrows a ton from other films, but it's absolutely saved by the performances of Ryan Gosling, Carell, and Marissa Tomei - who steals ever scene she's in. Don't want to say much more because this film is particularly vulnerable to spoilers. A good movie that's just a little bloated in its second half. But I'll still recommend it. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2011
    7
    For the first hour and a half, "Crazy, Stupid, Love." is a blast. The movie hits you with one hysterical situation after another. None of itFor the first hour and a half, "Crazy, Stupid, Love." is a blast. The movie hits you with one hysterical situation after another. None of it feels contrived. Thanks to the screenplay by Dan Fogelman, the movie is able to find morsels of humor in Cal's (Steve Carell) despair over his divorce. The performances also help carry this film along. Gosling and Stone have instant chemistry in their brief moments, but the real connection lies with Carell and Gosling. They are polar opposites. One is suave and handsome, and the other is awkward and depressed (I'll let you figure out which is which). Carell and Gosling play off this contrast to perfection. Everything about this movie works, until the last 15 minutes of the movie. It was like I was transported into a totally different film. Instead of having great dialogue and believable situations like it did for most of its running time, it takes the Hollywood way out by giving us stale dialogue and contrived situations. I still liked the movie overall, but it could have been something really great if they would have spent more time on the ending. "Crazy, Stupid, Love." is still a film worth seeing. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2011
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Let me start by saying that i was very disappointed with this so called "movie" which i saw in the theater after seeing the trailer and knowing that it futures some very talented actors - who should have known better than to star in such a movie.

    It failed both as a movie and as a comedy, as a comedy it failed in the sense that... well... it just wasn't funny.
    As a movie, i didn't relate to any of the characters and especially their relationships that include a 13 year old boy who's in love with a 17 year old teenager and his babysitter (a relationship his father actually encourages him to pursue at some point), the same babysitter who is in love with the 40 year old father of the boy.
    On a totally different subject, the movie was also absurd, I can never imagine that a self-respecting guy (played very questionably by Ryan Gosling), who goes to bars with the purpose of sleeping with different women on a daily basis, would decide for no apparent reason to take a complete stranger and a person who creates the impression of a total screw-up under his wing.
    The Emma-Ryan relationship starts only after a long background featuring a relationship of her and her boyfriend who she think is supposed to propose for no apparent reason. Then after he doesnâ
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