'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Examiner DVD review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Sometimes the people we thought we knew can turn around and surprise us. That can be said about both Steve Carell and his character, Cal Weaver, in the new Warner Bros. romantic comedy-drama ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love;’ not only does Cal completely change his lifestyle and personality after he found out his wife cheated on him and wants to end their relationship, but the former ‘Office’ star proved what a diverse actor he can be with the role. Both Cal and Carell were thrown into unfamiliar territory, but ultimately thrived in their new atmospheres.
‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ follows Cal (played by Carell), who seems to be leading the perfect life with a strong marriage and family, good job and nice house. That is, until his wife of 25 years, Emily (portrayed by Julianne Moore), unexpectedly tells him that she slept with one of her co-workers, David Lindhagen (played by Kevin Bacon), and she wants a divorce.
After moving out and trying to start a new life, Cal attempts to integrate back into the dating world by going to a bar. There he meets teacher Kate (played by New York native Marisa Tomei), with whom he engages in a one-night stand with. Cal also meets player Jacob Palmer (portrayed by Ryan Gosling) at the bar, who tries to help him become more attractive to women. At the same time, Jacob starts to learn more about himself as he becomes more emotionally attracted to Hannah (played by Emma Stone), who at first resists the ladies’ man.
The DVD extras for the romantic comedy-drama are unfortunately scarce, and only feature a widescreen format and deleted scenes. With such drastic character transformations and an intriguing ensemble cast, audiences surely would be interested in hearing from Ficarra and Requa and the cast about the filming process on the film.
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