Cal (Steve Carrell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have been married for 27 years when Emily has an affair. During a “date night” Emily asks Cal for a divorce. Cal is so defeated he just accepts the divorce and moves out. After being dumped by his wife, then his friend, Cal spends his time drowning his sorrows at a local bar. Jacob (Ryan Gosling) is a womanizer who happens to be hanging out in the same bar as Cal. After hearing Cal whine and complain to everyone in the bar about Emily sleeping with David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon) for two days he takes pity on Cal and decides to make him into a man again.
After a classic make-over montage and a how to pick up women montage, Cal is finally ready to jump into the dating pool. He becomes a pro at womanizing, but realizes he cannot move on from his wife. After some sage advice from his 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), on staying with your soul mate he decides to try to get his wife back. Unfortunately, the womanizing comes back to bite him in the butt (in a very funny way). Hard up, Cal tries to contact his mentor Jacob but for some reason cannot reach him.
While Cal is trying to get his soul mate to take him back, Jacob has finally found his. Hannah (Emma Stone) managed to reject Jacobs’ charms once, but after being disappointed by her boyfriend, she comes back to Jacob for a night of senseless fun. Hannah is clearly not a one night stand girl, or like any of the girls Jacob brings home, and the two spend the night talking and hanging out instead of having crazy sex. Jacob falls hard and spends all his free time with Hannah. He finally contacts Cal when it is time to meet Hannah’s mother as he has never made it this far before.
***SPOILER ALERT***Now this is where things start to get complicated (and even more hilarious). Cal is making one more last-ditch effort to win back Emily and this just happens to fall on the day that their oldest daughter Hannah is bringing her new boyfriend home. In a truly surprising twist, Hannah and Jacob show up at Emily and Cal’s house. Cal immediately rejects Jacob because he knows too much about him. Things go up another level when a misunderstanding between the babysitter, Cal, and the babysitters dad blows up and they all show up to confront Cal. Add to that David Lindhagen showing up to see Emily. A great fight ensues and we fade to black. Luckily, the movie does not end here. We get to see Jacob asking for Cals approval of dating his daughter, and Emily kind of making up with Cal, and we even got to see Robbie getting his dream girl (in a slightly creepy way).
Sunshine’s Thoughts: This movie was pleasently suprising. Liz and I had some free movie passes, and this movie wasn’t pass restricted. We wanted to see Ryan Gosling shirtless (worth the price of admission on its own) so decided to use our passes on Crazy, Stupid, Love. Let me say this, we saw it for free, but I would pay to see it again. This movie was the perfect combination of funny and bittersweet moments. Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell together is comedy gold. Emma Stone continues being a great and funny leading lady and is quickly becoming of one of my favorite actresses. I laughed out loud more than I have at any movie in a long time and when it is revealed that Hannah is Cal’s daughter I was truly suprised. In fact, from the gasps and “OMG’s” that went through the theater everyone was suprised. It was very well played, with subtle hints dropping that 13 year old Robbie was not the oldest child, without being obvious. The movie as a whole was great, i’m saying this is a must see and giving it 5 out of 5 cranberry and vodkas.
Elizabeth’s Thoughts: I think I made a good choice in picking this film. First of all, I couldn’t believe that it was not pass restricted! Didn’t it just come out? Anyway, I would pay the full price to see Ryan Goslings abs! This is a great movie for men and women. I laughed out loud a lot and totally didn’t see Hannah= Nannah! That was one of the best twist I have seen this year. Kudos to all of the cast that made this an excellent movie. If you haven’t seen it go see it and if you have seen it go see it again. I know I will! 5/5 Cranberry Vodkas!