20. Crazy, Stupid, Love
Director: Glenn Ficcara and John Requa
Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Analeigh Tipton, Jonah Bobo, Kevin Bacon
In a way, we’re glad that Crazy, Stupid, Love wasn’t a massive box office smash; if it had raked in loads of cash, the unimaginative suits in H-wood most likely would’ve pumped out a string of male-driven romantic comedies, and the majority, if not all, of them would’ve no doubt sucked. So, yes, we’ll take a one-of-a-kind creative success like directors’ Glenn Ficcara and John Requa (the screenwriters behind Bad Santa) and be appreciative that we didn’t get another Gerard Butler embarrassment.
Across the board, Crazy, Stupid, Love beams with exceptional talent acting, well, exceptionally. As the film’s central character, a recently single man awkwardly looking to make waves in the dating world, Steve Carell gives one of his best all-around performances; he’s alternately funny and touching. Ryan Gosling, showcasing unforeseen comedic chops, effortlessly nails the funniest lines, while Emma Stone, further endearing herself to audiences as the next big thing, matches both wits and tenderness with Gosling.
Though an undeniable cheesiness sets into the final act, Crazy, Stupid, Love nevertheless combines genuine laughs with multiple love stories, and the final product is the best kind of date movie.