The new movie, CRAZY, STUPID LOVE is one of this summer's many romantic comedies. But it's a cut above most of them. In fact, CRAZY, STUPID LOVE is the most fun I've had at the movies since MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
It's got a great cast, some truly smart, funny scenes, and a really sweet understanding of how crazy and stupid love can sometimes be.
Steve Carell is Cal, a middle aged husband, married for many years to his high school sweetheart, but now, his wife, Emily, played by Julianne Moore ,wants a divorce.
Devastated, Cal starts spending time in an upscale cocktail lounge where he spreads his tale of woe nightly until the resident pickup artist played by Ryan Gosling takes pity on him.
"You're sitting there with a Supercuts haircut," Ryan tells Cal. "You get drunk on watered down vodka cranberries like a fourteen year old girl. Honestly, I don't know if I should help you or I should euthanize you."
But after a makeover designed by Gosling plus lots of advice, Cal actually manages to pick up an attractive woman played by Marisa Tomei. Back at his apartment he tells her, "I've only had sex with one woman my entire life."
"Honest or not?" she asks.
"That's honest," he replies and she jumps into his arms giggling.
Meanwhile back at the bar, gosling meets a lovely young lady who seems uninterested in his charm. That woman is played by rising star Emma Stone who gives what may be the best performance in a movie chock full of good actors.
When he removes his shirt, she stares at torso and shakes her head. "Seriously," she says, "it's like you're photoshopped."
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE is terrific comedy that shows how the pain and the joy of love can occur at any age. In fact, the film is a daisy chain of characters caught up in often hopeless adoration.
It's refreshing to see a new romantic comedy that isn't raunchy or graphic and is all the better for it.
And just a note about a special screening of a local feature film screwball comedy made on Maui last year. GET A JOB starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom will have its Oahu premiere at the Hawaii Theater next Friday and Saturday August 12th and 13th at 7:30.