Crazy, Stupid, Love (Ficarra, Requa, 2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, 2011)

Typical romantic comedy fluff, which is unfortunate. With a cast like what is featured here, I thought this might be a little more than what it was. It starts funny. In fact, it starts hilarious. Steven Carell and Ryan Gosling’s introduction and ‘mentoring’ process is delightful. Gosling’s character is distant and secretive, and in this way he works. As the movie continues and he becomes more transparent, it becomes obvious that we were experiencing a rare case where the character should have been used only as a plot device – a mysterious figure whose sole purpose is to point someone in a different direction. Instead, the grand plan starts to come together and that is when the movie falls apart. Things become overly sentimental and predictable, creating a truly awful last 15 minutes featuring every romantic comedy cliché in the book.  5.75/10

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