Sometimes all the right elements come together to produce a great movie. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s magic. Such is the case with Crazy Stupid Love, a romantic dramedy released in theaters July 29, 2011 and on DVD/Blu-ray Nov. 1, 2011.
When I say all the right elements, I mean sparkling chemistry among the cast, smart writing by Dan Fogelman (who penned one of my favorite animated films last year, Tangled), and a believable story that doesn’t wrap up nice and neat at the end. Most of all, it has heart, something lacking in most modern romantic comedies where throw-away jokes are the norm.
Steve Carell plays 40-something Cal, a guy who thinks he’s happily married to Emily (Julianne Moore), until one day she decides to divorce him out of the blue. The stunned Cal is a woefully unprepared single guy as he tries to pick up the pieces of his life. Then he meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a happy bachelor who has a few dating tips for Cal. Marisa Tomei plays a sexy temptress for Cal, and Emma Stone is the fearless girl who shakes the very core of Jacob’s bachelorhood.
Part drama, part comedy and all heart, Crazy Stupid Love is one of 2011’s best romantic comedies. And I’ve got a copy to give away…
The Prize: Crazy Stupid Love, 2-Disc Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack. Rated PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content and language. Special Features include:
- Steve and Ryan Walk Into a Bar: Carell and Gosling discuss their roles, love, and staring at your co-star’s package.
- The Player Meets His Match: Gosling and Stone discuss maneuvering between funny love scenes, dating on screen, and Gosling’s bromance with Carell.
- Deleted Scenes
- Instant Streaming with Ultraviolet Digital Copy
How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post by midnight on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. A winner will be chosen and emailed by Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. Good luck!
Can’t wait? Buy it on Amazon.
Other Reviews of Crazy Stupid Love:
John J. Puccio, DVDTown.com: “The characters and their predicaments rather grow on you. Silly? Yeah, a little. Touching? Yeah, a lot.”
Adam Bub, MovieFIX: “A modern, adult story that’s both uproariously funny and touchingly real.”
Tim Martain, The Mercury: “In terms of writing and direction, it has an almost indie-film feel to it, but with that Hollywood gloss to make it palatable to mainstream viewers.”
Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times: “There’s strong, fleetingly powerful stuff in Crazy, Stupid, Love., but like its awkwardly punctuated title, the movie jerks to a halt just when it’s beginning to flow.”
Tom Long, Detroit News: “This is the sort of film that Oscar generally ignores come awards season. It shouldn’t. Crazy Stupid Love is a crazy smart film.”