Crazy, Stupid, Love Review

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Crazy, Stupid, Love movie posterSynopsis
After Cal’s (Steve Carell) wife Emily (Julianne Moore) tells him she wants a divorce, he begins hanging out at bars, where he meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling). With Jacob’s help, Cal reinvents himself and learns Jacob’s tricks to picking up women.

Review
Many romantic comedies follow a similar and predicable story. Crazy, Stupid, Love, even with everything it does well, does not escape from this trapping. However, it is able brings a genuineness not often found in similar movies. The first reason for this is the star-studded cast, which consists of Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marissa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon. What makes this film work so well is the chemistry between all the cast members. With pairings like Carell and Gosling, Gosling and Stone, and Carell and Moore, and even Carell and Jonah Bobo, who plays Carell’s son, every scene is funny, sweet, and filled with so much heart that it’s not hard to enjoy it. Marisa Tomei is only in a handful of scenes but she steals every one. With a cast like this, there is no one stand-out performance; they are all wonderful.

With so many characters, there are several story lines happening at once. When they all come together about two-thirds through the movie, hilarity ensues, resulting in one of the best scenes of the film. The script, written by Dan Fogelman, is the second reason this movie shines. It manages to balance every character and memorable moment well. Even though the cast of characters is fairly large, especially for a movie like this, no one ever feels like they are overpowering the others. There is a clear focus on Cal, Jacob, and Emily, but the supporting cast get plenty of their own stand-out moments as well. Also, the script doesn’t sacrificing character development for one-liners. a pitfall common in comedies. Instead, the script accentuates the talents of the cast, letting comedic moments flow naturally, allowing character moments and humorous moments stand side-by-side without feeling jarring or unnatural.

I thought Crazy, Stupid, Love was GOOD πŸ™‚ Like many romantic comedies, it is predicable. But what it lacks in individualism, it makes up for with heart, an enduring cast, and a well-balanced script that expertly manages the film’s many relatable characters and great moments. This film is an example of when all the right pieces come together just right and at the right time, creating something worthwhile in the process.

Favorite Quote
Jacob: Are you Steve Jobs?
Cal: What?
Jacob: Hold on a second. Are you the billionaire owner of Apple Computers?
Cal: No.
Jacob: Oh, okay. Well in that case you got no right to wear New Balance sneakers ever.

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Glen Ficarra – Director
John Requa – Director
Dan Fogelman – Writer
Christophe Beck – Composer
Nick Urata – Composer

Steve Carell – Cal
Ryan Gosling – Jacob
Julianne Moore – Emily
Emma Stone – Hannah
Analeigh Tipton – Jessica
Jonah Bobo – Robbie
Joey King – Molly
Marisa Tomei – Kate
John Carroll Lynch – Bernie
Beth Littleford – Claire
Kevin Bacon – David
Liza Lapira – Liz
Josh Groban – Richard

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer #2

Official Synopsis: With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

I feel the first Anchorman is a little overrated, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.Β  This second trailer shows more of the gang after they arrive at GNN, but not much more about the story we haven’t already seen in the first trailer.Β  The sequel looks like it will rely on several of the same jokes as the first, but as long as it adds some new fresh gags into the mix, it should be alright.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be in theaters December 20, 2013.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Review

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World movie posterSynopsis
When a 70-mile-wide asteroid is on a collision course for Earth, Dodge (Steve Carell) sets off to find his lost high school sweetheart. Penny (Keira Knightly) wants to get to her England home to see her family one last time. When their journeys bring them together, they become unlikely companions in an adventure that changes them in unexpected ways.

Review
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World caught my attention because of the interesting concept: look at an apocalyptic event from the citizen’s point-of-view, instead of the hero’s. Then on top of that, add two actors I like to watch on screen and the outcome was sure to be something enjoyable. The result is a dark twist on a familiar plot that is entertaining and thought-provoking.

Steve Carell is such a versatile actor, which is why he is one of my favorites. Not only does he have great comedic timing, but he brings a more subtle humor to his serious roles as well. Although his character work this time around is not as strong, it doesn’t disappoint either. His humor is much more nuanced than some of his other films, but it doesn’t lose any of its charm. As for Keira Knightly, I have only really seen her in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and it was fun to see her in another role. Her outgoing and zany personality was a good contrast to Carell’s more introverted character.

Since Seeking a Friend is a road trip movie, Carell and Knightly are the only actors that get any focuse. This format enables a revolving door of guest appearances, if you will, from many actors. Rob Corddry, Paton Oswalt, Gillian Jacobs, Martin Sheen, and several others make small appearances throughout the film. Having these other random actors show up for a scene or two made for some interesting moments.

I was a little caught off guard by the dark tone of the movie. I think that seeing Carell in the film, I thought it would be much more lighthearted than it was. But with it being an β€œend of the world” movie and all, I should have expected otherwise. It does, however, have a good blend of the lightheartedness that Carell brings to the role and the darkness of the apocalypse.

The script, written by Lorene Scafaria, was fantastic. It was funny and moving. But at the same time, it was predictable. Although the journey was entertaining, it was apparent early on where the character development would end up.

Despite a predictable plot, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is an enjoyable movie. Though not Carell’s or Knightly’s best performance, they contrasted and played well off each other. Scafaria makes a great directorial debut with this fun and thoughtful film.

Rating
3.5/5