Random Movie Review: “Crazy, Stupid, Love”

randomlychad  —  August 1, 2011 — 6 Comments

So, this past weekend, Jon Acuff hosted his first ever Quitter Conference (based on his book of the same name). Aside from having a serious case of “Quitter envy,” my weekend was a pretty good one. In fact, I drowned said envy (wherein I compare my beginning to some more successful soul’s middle) the watching of films.

'Steve Carrell, Get Smart' photo (c) 2007, TV Squad Julia - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

On Friday evening, my wife and I had our first date night in sometime, and saw the new Steve Carrell movie, Crazy, Stupid, Love. From the trailers, it appeared to be “yet another romantic comedy,” of which men, if you’re married (or soon to be married), you are contractually obligated to see a certain number of. (This number to be determined by your spouse/significant other).

It ended up being much more than this. If you were pointing a gun at my head, yelling me I had to nail it down, I would have to day that Crazy, Stupid, Love is like nothing so much as Tyler Perry for white people. All the best of Tyler Perry–without the egregious absurdities (apologies to Tyler Perry fans).

What I mean is that the film–like life itself–is a dramedy. Not always funny, not always serious, but likely somewhere in-between.

The filmmakers and actors balance this tension well.

In other words, It was mostly crazy, stupid–yet poignant–fun. Despite having some objections to the content, it was indeed a well-done film. No one can quite bring the gravitas to the lovable loser the way Carrell can (and turn right around and balance this with the laughs). He truly is an Everyman (in the best sense of the word).

(One thing that gave me a serious case of the chuckles is that I, right down to the white tennis shoes, dress just like pre-makeover Cal (Carrell’s character). Must be a middle aged guy thing. Practical, affordable, comfortable. Just like the Gap! (For the record, I do own a “fanny pack”–but I don’t use it).

I hesitate to take a lesson from the film, but the actions the characters take prove the axiom I learned in recovery: “Hurting people hurt people.” True in movies, true in life.

In fact, I defy anyone, after having seen the movie, to walk out without thinking–at least once–there but for the grace of God go I.

Life has a way–if we let–of wearing us down, blurring that fine line between love and hate. And it’s a frightening place to be.

How about you? Have you seen Crazy, Stupid, Love? Did you see anything else this past weekend? Why do we always seem to hurt the ones we love?

Comments

comments

randomlychad

Posts Twitter Facebook

Christ-follower, husband, dad, blogger, reader, writer, movie buff, introvert, desert-dweller, omnivore, gym rat. May, or may not, have a burgeoning collection of Darth Vader t-shirts. Can usually be found drinking protein shakes, playing with daughter, working out with his son, or hanging out with his wife. Makes a living playing with computers. Subscribe to RandomlyChad by Email

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,962 other subscribers

  • Cindy Holman

    I'm hearing AWESOME things about this movie and I'm so glad you did a review on it -- because now I HAVE to see it!! I'm a Steve Carrell fan through and through 🙂

    • Thank-you, ma'am! It was by turns funny, heartbreaking, and ultimately marriage-affirming.

  • susan

    It's probably the only movie I've seen on opening day in the last decade. Glad I saw it before it gets so talked up it won't live up to people's bloated expectations. I actually misted up in a few places. I thought of recommending it to my 15 y/o niece but then remembered a few scenes that weren't apropos. 🙁 Carrell pulls off some stuff that wouldn't have worked without him. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will buy it on DVD when it comes out. I also LOVED him in Dan In Real Life

    • You know, I'm trying to think… It's likely the same for Lisa & I: the only movie we've seen on opening day since forever.Me, too. Thought about my parents, friends, thought of how easy it is to drift apart. Need to go back and watch “Dan” again.

  • I hadn’t even heard of this. Thanks for the tip -- my wife and I are big Carrell fans.

    • Absolutely! Great movie!