CRAZY STUPID LOVE |ˈkrāzē ˈst(y)oōpid ləv| an intense feeling of deep affection manifested in a wild way, which makes lovers do things that others consider stupid.
// 2. the movie -according to Warner- Crazy Stupid Love is an ensemble comedy centering around a father (Steve Carell), his adulteress wife (Julianne Moore), his new wingman (Ryan Gosling), and what happens when he attempts to put his unraveled life back together.
At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore) has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth.
Now spending his free evening sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap.
Cal and Emily aren't the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal's 13 year old son, Robbie (JOhan Bobo) is crazy about his 17 year old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a crash on Cal. And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.
// 3.-production notes -according to Warner- Glenn Ficarra and John Requa directed Crazy Stupid Love from a screenplay by Dan fogelman. The film is produced by Steve Carell and Denose Di Novi and stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo and John Carroll Lynch, with Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. Analeigh Tipton, Josh Groban, Liza Lapira and Joey King also star in the film.
Above, Hannah and Jacob Palmer: The smoothest, coolest son-of-a-bitch you've ever seen. Courtesy of Warner.
David A Siegel, Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock are the film's executive producers. The behind the scenes creative team includes director of photography Andrew Dunn, production designer William Arnold, editor Lee Haxall and costume designer Dayna Pink. The composer is Christophe Beck.
The movie is scheduled for release on July 29, 2011 and rated PG-13 by MPAA for coarse humor, sexual content and language.
// 4.- because there's always a first time ... -according to Steve Carell for Interview magazine- Gosling has done something he has never done before: star in a comedy, Crazy, Stupid, Love, alongside Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, and his interviewer here, Steve Carell.
Carell: "We recently did a movie together."
Carell: "A comedy."
Gosling: "Which I was excited to do. A lot of people don't know this, but you and I did a pilot for a television series back in the day. When was i ... '98 or '99?"
Carell: "Yeah, it had to be.
Gosling: "It's funny because that pilot we did [The Unbelievables, 1999] was very similar to that Pixar movie, The Incredibles . It was about a family of superheroes"
Carell: "But I think what surprised me most when we worked together was how funny you are, because I think you've built such a strong career on your dramatic work. You know, you have preconceived notions about people, and what I knew from you and your work made me think that you're ..."
Gosling: "Not funny."
Carell: "No, I knew that you were funny. But I think being funny as a person and being a really good comedic actor can be separate things, and while I knew you were funny, your strength as a comedic actor caught me off guard. We've talked about this privately -about comedy, about what makes you laugh. I hate to deconstruct comedy, but you were very specific about what makes you laugh ..."
// 5.-first reviews -according to Moviefone- American stand-up comedienne, television host and actress Ellen DeGeneres wrote the following review on the movie that appeared in Moviefone.
"This movie is amazing. I knew I would love it because my brother, Vance DeGeneres, produced it, and I know from experience that he has great taste. He introduced me to 'Captain Kangaroo.' But I didn't expect to love this movie as much as I do. It's astoundingly good.
The acting in this movie is incredible. Julianne Moore is heartbreaking, Emma Stone is hilarious, and Steve Carell is a perfect combination of hilarious and heartbreaking.
Everyone in 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' is wonderful. Ryan Gosling is spectacular. Not only does he give a thoughtful, nuanced, sincere performance, but I'm pretty sure his torso will be nominated for an Academy Award.
What I love most about this movie is that it has something new and interesting to say about love. Lots of movies try to say something about love. (I can't say every movie since I haven't seen 'Saw IV.') But just when you think you've heard it all, this movie will surprise you.
I don't wanna give away all of the things I love about this movie, because I want you to experience it the same way I did -- without any preconceived notions, or expectations or pants. Actually, if you see it in a theater, you should probably wear pants.
On the right below, Jacob helping Cal to rediscover his manhood. Warner.
'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' has something for everyone. If you're happily married, starting a relationship or still playing the field, there's something beautiful for you to take away from this movie. And if none of those things are for you, there's always Ryan Gosling's abs. Seriously, that's something everyone can enjoy."
Updated July 3rd 2011 // 6.- directors Genn Ficarra and John Requa on Ryan Gosling: He had me at hello -according to movieline- Talking about the reasons that led them to hire Ryan Gosling to play the character of Jacob Palmer, directors Glenn Ferrara and John Requa recall: Thanks Maggie for sending us the info.
Glenn Ficarra: It's our sheer genius! [Laughs]
John Requa: "It's actually a great story. The one person in the world that no one would expect who suggested Ryan was the president of the studio.
'Do you guys like Ryan Gosling?'
We said, 'Well, of course we like Ryan Gosling' .... But we, like everybody else I think, just knew the persona that was out there. We were like, 'Really?' Because we know he's a brilliant actor, but this doesn't seem like something he'd be interested in. And he's like, 'You might be surprised' ... So we met with Ryan"
Glenn Ficarra: "There were no strings attached, they weren't going to force us on him or anything."
John Requa: "We just met, and he was fiercely funny, and we had a great time. He is fiercely smart as well"
Glenn Ficarra: "He had me at hello. He walks into the room and within five seconds I'm like, 'This is our guy' ... He oozes charm. And he's a very physically imposing guy, too. He's over six feet. He's smart. He's very smart. One of the smartest actors we've ever worked with."
John Requa: "I think he really elevated the character from something that was a bit of an archetype to a real personalized, complex human being."
// 7.- an unconventional love story -according to movieline-
Glenn Ficarra: "There's something very inviting about them on the surface, and then you get so much more. It's not a typical romantic comedy. It's bigger than that, it's more complicated than that. Everyone delivers 200 percent on that ... filling out their characters and delivering powerhouse performances. Steve is a really incredible actor, and I'm pretty confident in saying that this is the best he's ever been. I think he's amazing."
John Requa: "I think that a lot of the script is an unsentimental look of things that kind of resembles early James L. Brooks or early Cameron Crowe. And that definitely made it attractive, that it was more smartly written than most material out there. It made you ask the questions that excite actors and create good characters"