Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Crazy Stupid Love
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Sexual references and infrequent coarse language

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Actors: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Analeigh Tipton, Jonah Bobo

Fortysomething Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) thinks his marriage is perfect, until his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) asks for a divorce. Now Cal is single and looking for love with the help of expert lady-killer Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), who gives Cals manhood a remarkable makeover. Amid inappropriate crushes and romantic encounters, Cal and Jacob discover that being a player without the right partner isnt just crazy and stupid, its impossible!

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 118mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
by Simon Miraudo,

Crazy Stupid Love (or, in its official and confusingly punctuated form: Crazy, Stupid, Love.) often feels like the American version of Love Actually (or should that be Love, Actually; this is frustrating). That is perhaps an unfair dig at Crazy Stupid Love, and too much of a compliment for Love Actually. CSL is a breezy and easy-to-swallow ensemble piece about hopeless romantics and sexual predators, and the terrifying/heartwarming similarities they share. Only minimally cloying (unlike the aforementioned Richard Curtis film, which is maximally cloying), it’s buoyed by radiant and charming performances. Steve Carell stars as Cal Weaver, a schlubby family man whose wife/high school sweetheart Emily (Julianne Moore) reveals that she’s slept with a co-worker (Kevin Bacon) and now wants a div...

Crazy Stupid Love (or, in its official and confusingly punctuated form: Crazy, Stupid, Love.) often feels like the American version of Love Actually (or should that be Love, Actually; this is frustrating). That is perhaps an unfair dig at Crazy Stupid Love, and too much of a compliment for Love Actually. CSL is a breezy and easy-to-swallow ensemble piece about hopeless romantics and sexual predators, and the terrifying/heartwarming similarities they share. Only minimally cloying (unlike the aforementioned Richard Curtis film, which is maximally cloying), it’s buoyed by radiant and charming performances.

Steve Carell stars as Cal Weaver, a schlubby family man whose wife/high school sweetheart Emily (Julianne Moore) reveals that she’s slept with a co-worker (Kevin Bacon) and now wants a divorce. Cal willingly leaves Emily and their kids the house, moves into a depressing apartment, and begins to frequent a hip bar where he can drown his sorrows amongst sexy youngsters almost twenty years his junior. There he meets wildcat lady-killer Jacob (Ryan Gosling), who takes Cal under his wing and ‘Pretty Woman’s’ the loser out of him, in order to get him back into the dating game. Things get complicated when Jacob meets (and falls) for the only woman to ever rebuff his advances, spiky law student Hannah (Emma Stone). There is also Cal and Emily’s son Robbie (Jonah Bobo), who is in love with his babysitter (Analeigh Tipton), who is in love with Cal. Also, Josh Groban plays Hannah’s slimy boyfriend. Like I said: things get complicated.

Dan Fogelman’s screenplay too often embraces tired clichés (the ultra-wise and lesson-sharing 13-year-old, big speeches, the farcical finale), and certainly drags in parts (whenever the electric Gosling and Stone are off screen, the film seriously suffers), but directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa make it all a fairly painless and even bubbly exercise. It’s almost as sweet and funny as their previous flick, I Love You Phillip Morris, although it’s missing that picture’s unique nuttiness. Had they been able to shed the narrative deadweight, Crazy Stupid Love could have been an affecting and genre-elevating adult drama. Instead, it has to settle for being a passable rom-com (albeit one with wonderful performances and genuine chemistry).

3/5

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Member Reviews (111)

jakeramea
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Great movie, funny with a few awkward but funny family moments & romance in it as well.
Posted Thursday, 6 March 2014 See my other reviews
Loved this movie. Very funny with a very twisted storeyline..
Posted Saturday, 15 February 2014 See my other reviews
Lynnieb
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A good fun feel good movie with lots of laughs and Ryan Gosling' chest. Pretty much ticks all the boxes lol.
Posted Friday, 27 December 2013 See my other reviews
Great Flic
Posted Monday, 18 November 2013 See my other reviews
Great Movie, and not really a chick flick.
Posted Wednesday, 25 September 2013 See my other reviews
Loved this movie very funny
Posted Tuesday, 18 June 2013 See my other reviews
I adore this movie!! I have always loved Steve Carell for his odd sense of humor, and Ryan Gosling, well, it's Ryan Gosling. Enough said! All round great movie, lots of laughs
Posted Thursday, 13 June 2013 See my other reviews
Autumn Sadie
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Pleasantly surprised with this film. Great storyline, with an unexpected twist which really got me - oh my goodness i was so into the film i didn't see it coming! I think that means it's got a brilliant "pull", grabbing your attention and getting you interested in the characters. The acting was good, with nice on-screen performances by Carell and Gosling (wonderful dynamic there), but also by the kids - well done! 'Crazy Stupid Love' meshed many opposite thoughts and ideas- similar to the feelings of love itself. A fun watch- 4 stars.
Posted Friday, 7 June 2013 See my other reviews
The movie would have been great without the scenes trying to show Jacob and Hannah "falling in love". All the chemistry was between the other characters - this was an unconvincing add on the movie didnt need and that kind of tripped it up. (After The Kiss the director should have showed that they were falling in love by skipping the whole silly 'Dirty Dance/Massage Chair' and excruciatingly cliched 'first time vulnerable conversation' thing to just pan to them having breakfast and then some fun and then hanging out - all from a distance with just body language and non of that lame try-hard script). The rest of the movie rates a 5/5.
Posted Thursday, 25 April 2013 See my other reviews
Lissa
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Actually surprisingly good. Ryan Gosling wouldn't be in a dud! Classy cast who all had good dialogue and scenes with a few surprises thrown around. The son was particularly good. The scene in the backyard when everyone comes together actually made me laugh out loud.
Posted Monday, 18 March 2013 See my other reviews
Darren
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What a great movie , Great story . just love ryan gossling and steve caril in the movie . Yes love is crazy , but in in the end all a happy ending ,
Posted Saturday, 9 March 2013 See my other reviews
Oriel
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This movies was a little "over the top" for us.
Posted Tuesday, 19 February 2013 See my other reviews
John
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I enjoyed this, I thought it was fun and funny allround. ONly the preachy, 'tell the world' school speech at the end I found too sentimental, but thats the only criticism.
Posted Monday, 11 February 2013 See my other reviews
hb_douglas
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Good romantic comedy seems hard to come by lately and this one hits the spot.
Posted Friday, 1 February 2013 See my other reviews
Aaron Ramon Ki Re
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Not your typical rom-com, it has an unusual ending and the cast does a pretty good job with the material. Worth a watch at least once.
Posted Monday, 14 January 2013 See my other reviews
Fletch
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Ridiculous but fun if you can tolerate the cheesy American flavour
Posted Monday, 24 December 2012 See my other reviews
Belinda
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When it got to the speech night, I became acutely annoyed...what a load of rubbish -schmaltzy......unbelievable. Wrecked the whole film. In my opinion, Steve Carrell is overrated. Julianne Moore is wasted on this film. Couldn't recommend.
Posted Monday, 3 December 2012 See my other reviews
looks good
Posted Monday, 26 November 2012 See my other reviews
Loved this. Had some good laughs
Posted Thursday, 15 November 2012 See my other reviews
Geoff@gol
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Just an average Rom / Com, slow to start, twist at the end. Some funny moments reasonable night's entertainment
Posted Tuesday, 30 October 2012 See my other reviews
There's a clue here: The word 'stupid' is in the title.
Posted Thursday, 4 October 2012 See my other reviews
Ron
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This is the least funniest I've ever seen Steve Carrell. "Date Night" was funny, this is just painful, & I absolutely hated the first three quarters of it. The characters lives seemed to turn around in the end & they all lived happily ever after. I think there was supposed to be a message there about love, forgiveness & how people can change for the better, but it had already lost me by then.
Posted Saturday, 29 September 2012 See my other reviews
D.M.
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I found that this movie had its slow times for a comedy with some big-name actors, but I discovered that I began to quite enjoy it towards the last half of the film (liked the twist at the end!) I had been expecting something funnier from a Steve Carell film, but there were other things about it that made watching it a feel-good one. Not a bad way to spend the almost two hours of movie time.
Posted Tuesday, 18 September 2012 See my other reviews
Loved Steve C in this. What a crack up movie.
Posted Wednesday, 5 September 2012 See my other reviews
Funny, good feel movie. Loved it!
Posted Sunday, 2 September 2012 See my other reviews
I would never ever have chosen this absolutely poor form chick flick romantic film. How it got on my list I have no idea.
Posted Friday, 24 August 2012 See my other reviews
Bruce
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Embarrassingly bad. Switched off after 30 minutes.
Posted Wednesday, 22 August 2012 See my other reviews
Good movie, wife and I both enjoyed.
Posted Saturday, 18 August 2012 See my other reviews
This is the typical American family soapy with some twists and turns. Very average
Posted Friday, 17 August 2012 See my other reviews
Cheryl
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It got interesting when the storylines started to intersect.
Posted Saturday, 21 July 2012 See my other reviews
tinakori
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Surprisingly good film. Enjoyed it. Light entertainment for all people.
Posted Tuesday, 10 July 2012 See my other reviews
Matthew B.
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Good fun. Sexy. Great talent.
Posted Sunday, 1 July 2012 See my other reviews
Liz
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This was a suprisingly good film, with performances and story line engaging and believable. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Posted Friday, 29 June 2012 See my other reviews
Jeanette
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What a great movie! So much fun and laughs, and a few tears too. Ryan Gosling is so hot in this, he is distracting, but still good to watch with hubby!
Posted Monday, 25 June 2012 See my other reviews
Shep
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Steve Carrell suprised the hell out of me in this. I really like this movie. I think I enjoyed it more than expected to. I certainly was surprised how good SC was at the romantic drama. I thought it was funny, sexy and sometimes a little bit heartbreaking.
Posted Saturday, 23 June 2012 See my other reviews
juliekym
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Just and ok movie. If you are in to feel good movies which I am not you probably will enjoy this one.
Posted Monday, 18 June 2012 See my other reviews
Lyn
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Enjoyable with a couple of very funny set pieces. Went on a little too long.
Posted Sunday, 17 June 2012 See my other reviews
Sandy
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Good laugh
Posted Saturday, 16 June 2012 See my other reviews
RDC
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Finally, a movie where Ryan Gosling gets to be a suave good looking man! The cast is great, the climax of the story is excellent. A must-see!
Posted Monday, 11 June 2012 See my other reviews
Kelly
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Loved! I don't normally like Steve Carrell (spelling?), but I really enjoyed this movie, especially Emma Stone.
Posted Sunday, 10 June 2012 See my other reviews
Emily
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Liked this movie. Love all the actors and thought it was pretty funny! Gosling is a stud too :)
Posted Thursday, 7 June 2012 See my other reviews
collette
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liked this movie,even my husband liked this one.
Posted Friday, 1 June 2012 See my other reviews
stanarosa
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Did not really enjoy this movie. Crude humour seems to be the order of the day.
Posted Thursday, 31 May 2012 See my other reviews
K
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great movie - Better then I thought it was going to be
Posted Wednesday, 30 May 2012 See my other reviews
Phil
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Basically a good movie with nice funny situations obviously caused by Carell. When he is not on screen, it feels empty and it drags quite a lot at some points. Not the best from Carell nor from Gosling.
Posted Sunday, 27 May 2012 See my other reviews
Mel
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Loved it! Great cast and very funny, would watch again and again.
Posted Saturday, 26 May 2012 See my other reviews
Liz
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The movie as a whole never really lifted off for me. It started promisingly but didn't deliver. The 3 stars is for Emma Stone. She is worth watching this movie for. Steve Carrell is usually so reliable but he drops the ball in this one. Date Night is a far better showcase of his talents.
Posted Friday, 25 May 2012 See my other reviews
AB
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I thought this was a lovely movie, heartfelt and funny moments and I could relate to the storyline.
Posted Wednesday, 23 May 2012 See my other reviews
Jenta
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Pretty good. Liked the story.
Posted Sunday, 20 May 2012 See my other reviews
TG
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Far more substantial and sophisticated than the disposable wacky comedy I was expecting. Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging, although it never really transcends close comparison to two other midlife crisis films it is heavily influenced by - Fight Club and American Beauty.
Posted Thursday, 17 May 2012 See my other reviews
Janine
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I didn't expect to enjoy this movie, I thought it would be corny slapstick but instead it was great fun and very entertaining. Steve Carrell and Ryan G were both wonderful - I just can't understand why Julianne Moore was in it. Surely there would have been other choices for her part. Ignore her if you can and just enjoy the rest.
Posted Monday, 14 May 2012 See my other reviews
Kim
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Great movie. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Steve Carrell were all fantastic. Emma Stone is a stand out though, although it's hard to go past Ryan Gosling for gorgeousness.
Posted Monday, 14 May 2012 See my other reviews
Otto
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Hmmm. Light entertainment indeed.
Posted Sunday, 13 May 2012 See my other reviews
William C
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Good light entertainemnt with a couple of twists
Posted Saturday, 12 May 2012 See my other reviews
Faye
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Great to see Steve Corell in a serious role for a change and Julianne Moore is good as always although her character is similar to the one in "Chloe". Interesting storyline about love and working through difficult patches in a relationship. Touched me the same way that "Love Actually" did - 3.5 out of 5.
Posted Thursday, 3 May 2012 See my other reviews
Jenny
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Enjoyed this movie. Good light entertainment. Lots of laughs.
Posted Monday, 23 April 2012 See my other reviews
Purplesue
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Really enjoyed this movie, a lot better then I expected. Great cast, great to see Julianne Moore again. Very funny, with shades of Hitch running thru it as well. A good Saturday arvo flick.
Posted Saturday, 21 April 2012 See my other reviews
Anita L
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Didn't really enjoy this even though I quite like Emma Stone. Took until the ending to work out how all the stories/characters were related to each other. Much preferred Love, Actually.
Posted Wednesday, 18 April 2012 See my other reviews
Sheree
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I know some of those characters...good ending also.
Posted Tuesday, 17 April 2012 See my other reviews
Darren L
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This movie was a great look at contempary life and love, divorce, attraction. Clever ending and how there is a soul mate for everyone out there! Even in these modern times of complex relationships. 4.5 best comedy 0f 2011.
Posted Monday, 16 April 2012 See my other reviews
Mandy
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Overrated and way too long. Enjoyed the ending.
Posted Friday, 13 April 2012 See my other reviews
Robyn
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I have not enjoyed many of Steve Carell movies except for Evan Almighty. I did not enjoy this one either.
Posted Friday, 13 April 2012 See my other reviews
AC
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Was a little dubious about a romcom movie ... thoroughly surprised. Great movie - could watch it again.
Posted Friday, 13 April 2012 See my other reviews
Dianne
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Entertaining movie
Posted Thursday, 12 April 2012 See my other reviews
Richard Palmer
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Having been imbued with classical English jumour, I shouldn't comment on this movie. The Americans I know don't get British humour and I sure don't understand theirs.
Posted Wednesday, 11 April 2012 See my other reviews
Kerrie
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Girlie movie.
Posted Monday, 9 April 2012 See my other reviews
Liz x
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Loved this movie immensely - watched it twice. Highly recommend it. 4 1/2 stars
Posted Sunday, 8 April 2012 See my other reviews
Sil
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Average and forgettable.
Posted Wednesday, 4 April 2012 See my other reviews
Lisa K
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Great ending... the whole movie was fantastic...who would of thought she was....???.
Posted Wednesday, 4 April 2012 See my other reviews
Emma
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I loved this movie! Thought it was going to be one of those predictable rom-coms but it actually had a great story & twist.
Posted Sunday, 1 April 2012 See my other reviews
Lisa
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I enjoyed this movie it was an interesting take on relationships. Absolutely hilarious fight scene couldn't stop laughing
Posted Thursday, 29 March 2012 See my other reviews
sarah
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Very funny, fast paced, great twist
Posted Thursday, 29 March 2012 See my other reviews
Tilly
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OK, movie it was slow and I got bored with it, but glad I ended up watching it till the end, as the ending was really good.
Posted Tuesday, 27 March 2012 See my other reviews
doddery
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i found this movie over rated the story was long and no heart to it sorry just abig let down
Posted Monday, 26 March 2012 See my other reviews
Sandy
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This movie had me wondering where it was going until one hilarious climax! Difficult to pull off but this really worked for me!
Posted Sunday, 25 March 2012 See my other reviews
Marg
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Really enjoyed this film. The acting was good and the twists were funny, with a good share of serious moments along the way. 3.5
Posted Sunday, 25 March 2012 See my other reviews
Umi
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The first movie I have laughted out loud to in AGES! Very impressed, my partner and I loved it!
Posted Saturday, 24 March 2012 See my other reviews
Steve
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Brillaint movie. Always thought Steve Carroll was B'Grade material, but he did well in this one.
Posted Saturday, 24 March 2012 See my other reviews
Lisa
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Too many soppy cringe-worthy scenes. Also I kept expecting Steve Carroll to break into one of his silly comedy roles so a bit strange to see him in a different role, and I totally didnt buy it. I turned it off about 10 minutes from the end when it launched into one of the stupidest cringeworthy scenes that Americans insist on including in these films.
Posted Friday, 23 March 2012 See my other reviews
Cindy
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A charismatic, hugely likable cast elevate this cliche-riddled production into something significantly more enjoyable than it probably has a right to be. Carrell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and ( particularly) Ryan Gosling all shine; but even their combined star power can't quite disguise the paper-thin plot and the film's eventual collapse into mawkish sentimentality. Still, when it works; it's delightful.
Posted Thursday, 22 March 2012 See my other reviews
Ruthy
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would not recommend didnt enjoy this movie at all
Posted Wednesday, 21 March 2012 See my other reviews
Shaz
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Awesomely funny movie :) Loved it!
Posted Monday, 19 March 2012 See my other reviews
emy
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Loved this movie, its fab fab fab!!
Posted Wednesday, 14 March 2012 See my other reviews
transiya23
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I did not expect that I will enjoy the movie in fact i watched it twice. or i am maybe just a hopeless romantic. I like it totally!
Posted Tuesday, 13 March 2012 See my other reviews
frances bohan
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was exactly that crazy stupid love and all the trappings/infatuations of knowing someone for a long/short time that people deal with every day
Posted Friday, 9 March 2012 See my other reviews
Mirela
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crazy and stupid...very stupid
Posted Wednesday, 7 March 2012 See my other reviews
gtick
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A little slow right at the start, but fantastic movie that comes together really well! Great laugh and not tooo much of a chick flick that a block can't watch it and appreciate the "moments" and humour
Posted Monday, 5 March 2012 See my other reviews
Clouseau
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Very entertaining! Great fun! You don't have to think to hard, just enjoy it!
Posted Monday, 5 March 2012 See my other reviews
Joon
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Loved it. Made me laugh. And Ryan Gosling!! Well, say no more. :)
Posted Monday, 5 March 2012 See my other reviews
megs
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love it!!!!
Posted Tuesday, 28 February 2012 See my other reviews
robyn
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not bad
Posted Saturday, 25 February 2012 See my other reviews
A-M
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Ok- nothing special
Posted Thursday, 23 February 2012 See my other reviews
Jo
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Really enjoyed this movie. Takes a while to get where it's going but very funny when it gets there. Love Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone.
Posted Thursday, 23 February 2012 See my other reviews
Kathy
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Loved it, great actors and ironic twist at the end, a must see
Posted Tuesday, 21 February 2012 See my other reviews
m
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great
Posted Monday, 20 February 2012 See my other reviews
PW
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Entertaining. A DVD movie , not a cinema movie
Posted Wednesday, 15 February 2012 See my other reviews
Kaz
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Really loved this movie
Posted Tuesday, 14 February 2012 See my other reviews
mel
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excellant
Posted Tuesday, 14 February 2012 See my other reviews
gerd
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It's hard to know where this movie is going. For at least the first half of the film it seems quite pointless and a waste of time. Eventually it becomes a real story with some interesting people, but a case of too little, too late. And apart from one hilarious scene, it's not really a comedy.
Posted Monday, 13 February 2012 See my other reviews
melzy
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Starts off really slow and boring ... Has an awesome twist... prolly never watch it again but rewarding if you stick it out to the end :o)
Posted Saturday, 11 February 2012 See my other reviews
CarolK
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Was enjoyable enough to watch, had its moments both dull and amusing. Someone told me it was a similar to "Love Actually" but no way was it in that league...
Posted Saturday, 11 February 2012 See my other reviews
kimbo
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A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a new-found friend Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. Top quality entertainment. Really enjoyed it. Steve Carrell in fine form and Ryan Gosling never fails
Posted Friday, 10 February 2012 See my other reviews
Case
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It's got drama and comedy along with great acting. Loved it, dont usually give a film 5 stars, the 5th star is for Ryan Gosling. A bit of a different role for him but he is the best actor going around in my opinion. Was suprised how good the scenes with Steve and Ryan were. Also good to see Kevin Bacon
Posted Friday, 10 February 2012 See my other reviews
Pauline
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Just call it stupid!
Posted Wednesday, 8 February 2012 See my other reviews
Kate
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A funny rom-com with a twist I did not see coming. The beginning was a little slow but it gained momentum to make an entertaining evening
Posted Wednesday, 8 February 2012 See my other reviews
Larry
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As usual the Americans try to mix Comedy with Drama, and end up doing neither very well! A few laughs, but not worth watching twice.
Posted Wednesday, 8 February 2012 See my other reviews
Ann E.
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this one and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, more than the run of the mill 'silly' romantic comedy. An excellent storyline that I think most people could relate to, good acting and hold your attention throughout. A good evening viewing.
Posted Tuesday, 7 February 2012 See my other reviews
S
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i love it... and ryan gosling . OMGGG!!!! so HOT im Melting
Posted Tuesday, 7 February 2012 See my other reviews
Lisa
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Better than I thought it would be and funny in parts, worth taking the time to watch.
Posted Friday, 3 February 2012 See my other reviews
Tate
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This film is a cut above other rom-coms I've seen. It is funny but also deals with the drama well and Steve Carrell seems to be able to carry off both. What i was most impressed by was the twist toward the end which I seriously was not expecting and which culminated in the funniest scene in the movie. I won't give it away but let's just say the main Carrell-Gosling-Moore storyline is not the only thing going on. Really a great movie with fabulous performances. People clapped in the cinema at the end, which I rarely hear so it must have struck a chord with its audience.
Posted Thursday, 10 November 2011 See my other reviews
Jazz
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This is an extremely well-made romantic comedy with great acting, a good script and fine directing. It gets only three stars from me though because of its incredibly creepy message, which seems to condone stalking and sexual harassment. It's pretty normal for romantic films to convey the message that you should keep trying no matter what, even if the object of your affection repeatedly tells you no (she just hasn't realised how awesome you are yet dude! But she will if you follow her around and watch her through her windows when she doesn't know you're there!) but even by the stalkery standards of romcoms this movie was a step too far. It's strange that this happens too, since the movie handles other kinds of sexual predation in a fairly forthright way. But putting this aside (and that's a pretty big 'but'), there's some great emotional complexity and ambiguity in the film, more than you find in your standard romcom these days. The script drags in parts, but it's a pretty good effort and Steve Carell is always delightful, even when he's encouraging his son to be a stalker.
Posted Wednesday, 2 November 2011 See my other reviews