Crazy Stupid Love was the film I chose to watch last night from my Valentine's Package from Warner Bros. with my daughters Megan 20 and Ella 15. I didn't know anything about this film, other than it starred Ryan Gosling who we all love, so had no expectations whatsoever. I would now rate it as one of my favourite films in the romantic comedy genre ever!
The all-star cast includes Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Ryan Gosling and the adorably quirky Emma Stone.
Middle-aged Cal Weaver is living the American dream with a beautiful wife who was his high school sweetheart, a lovely home and great kids. Suddenly, his life is turned upside down as his wife admits to having an affair and asks him for a divorce. His 'perfect' life unravels as he realises he has forgotten who he is and is completely out of his depth as a singleton. A meeting with handsome player and serial womaniser Jacob Palmer in a bar, leads to Cal finding himself a mentor. New clothes, new hairstyle, new confidence and new opportunities with women open Cal's eyes to a whole new world. But the one thing he can't change is his heart.
Meanwhile, Cal's teenage son is harbouring a crush on the babysitter, but the babysitter has a crush of her own. Other characters are having their own dilemmas, seeking love in all the wrong places. Then ladies' man Jacob eventually finds what he has always been looking for leaving Cal feeling abandoned. When all the loose ends come together it culminates in a fantastically funny confrontation, with the characters having to face up to the reality of "Crazy, Stupid Love".
The intertwined story, the inspired performances and the beautifully written script make this an absolute gem. I laughed out loud so many times and found myself totally rooting for the characters!
I genuinely loved this film. My girls loved it too and are now even more in love with the very sexy Ryan Gosling.
Buy "Crazy, Stupid Love" now at Amazon on Triple Play for just £13.99.