CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa). See listing. Rating: NNNN
Steve Carell's newly separated family man and Ryan Gosling's firmly single player are at the centre of a series of relationships in Crazy, Stupid, Love. This is the grown-up romantic comedy we've been waiting for.
Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa do for the genre what they did for the caper picture in I Love You Phillip Morris, revitalizing a well-worn formula with intelligence, charm and inventive storytelling.
Dan Fogelman's script treats its characters like human beings rather than joke machines. That empathy is rare in studio comedies, and the actors respond to it with genuine emotion and warmth.
Carell (who also produced) fleshes out his 40-Year-Old Virgin haplessness without the gross-out gags, but it's Gosling's blossoming relationship with a savvy young lawyer (Emma Stone) that gives the movie its best moments.