Steve Carrell has fashioned the perfect combination of his actual personality and his “The Office” character Michael Scott, to give us Cal Weaver, his character in “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, the new romantic-comedy-drama from writer Dan Fogelman (“Cars”). Cal is faced with a divorce from his wife played by Julianne Moore, who has a fling with a co-worker (Kevin Bacon) , a teenage son (Jonah Bobo) with an unrequited crush on his baby sitter ( Analeigh Tipton), who has an unrequited crush on Cal, who has a new found friendship with a Lounge Lothario ( the brilliant Ryan Gosling), who guides Cal back into the dating scene. The writing and acting by the ensemble puts this summer offering head and shoulders above even good recent offerings like “Friends with Benefits”. The film has constant twists and turn, some involving the character Hannah ( current “it” girl, Emma Stone) who tames the wandering eye of Gosling’s character, Jacob. The direction by Glenn Vicara and John Requa (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) is flawless and the scenes with Gosling tutoring Carrell on fashion are some of the funniest I’ve scene in ages. This is a Hollywood offering with a smart script and impeccable acting from all involved, including the always reliable Marisa Tomei as the first potential lover to discover the inner Cal. Don’t miss this one.
My GPA: 4.0