Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Crazy, Stupid, Love (now playing), is getting great reviews, and the feature received the Critics’ Choice seal from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (the critics who rate their movies, gave the film an above average score of 86).

Having just seen the film, I was pleasantly surprised how the film deftly balanced comedy and heartache, and while most romantic comedies exist solely on cliches, Crazy, Stupid, Love is a cut above the norm.

In his most dramatic work since Dan In Real Life, Steve Carell plays Cal a broken man who leaves his wife (Julianne Moore) after she confesses to an affair with a co-worker (Kevin Bacon).  Back on the dating scene, Cal gets learns the art of seduction with the help of a ladies man (Ryan Gosling), who excels at one-night stands, that is until, he falls in love with a young woman (Emma Stone).

The feature also contains standout work from Jonah Bobo, who plays Cal’s precocious and romantically idealistic 13-year-old son (he has a crush on his babysitter), and Bobo’s exchanges with Carell actually serve as the emotional spine of Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Click on the media bar to hear Steve Carell explains the complex nature of fractured relationships.

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