There’s something cool about being part of an exclusive club and having something made specifically for you and your fellow members. Having joined the married club nearly five years ago, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ (don’t get grammatically mislead by the unnecessary period at the end of its title) feels like one of those “Members Only” jackets. Due to its clever, well thought-out and entertaining script, if I wasn’t a member now, I’d look forward to the day I was just so that I could fully get what the film is all about. But please don’t mistake me for saying that ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ is made solely for married couples. There’s a little something for any adult here, young or old.
‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ tells several different stories. The biggest follows a divorcing couple (Steve Carell and Julianne Moore) whose spark-less marriage has worn down to the point of infidelity. In the second half of the movie, a vibrant and promising new romance develops between an energetic younger couple (Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone).
‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ will have a different meaning for every audience member. It will feel like a cautionary tale to those still unsure of what exactly they’re doing, or supposed to be doing, in their marriages – like me. It will feel like an aid helping to heal the wounds and scars from unspoken issues in worn-down aged marriages. It will teach to openly address those problems. It will inspire change, and give a reason to fight for something that might appear beyond repair. The electric and exciting new romance will nostalgically charge the spark needed to renew commitment and devotion. It will remind you of what you once felt and why it’s worth fighting for. As sappy as that all sounds, it’s true. And, yes, I’m a romantic at heart who believes in true love. Films like ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ bring that aesthetic to life and prove that I’m not disillusioned, that others feel the same way too.
Running a little long and featuring a few cheesy Hollywood moments, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ isn’t without its faults – faults that are completely forgivable considering the strong achievement of bringing love to life on the big screen in such a realistic manner. For adults looking for a mature level of entertainment, I would definitely recommend ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ for this weekend’s viewing.