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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Ern and her family deemed this “the perfect chick flick” and kept wanting to see it again. That includes the guys. Ern’s sister couldn’t stop talking about how hot Ryan Gosling was in it. “I couldn’t see it before, but now….” she said. Leeard, on the other hand, found it too predictable and guessed the most important twists. (Keep in mind that she’s a dynamite guesser and none of the friends who went with her had the same experience.)

One thing that we both hated: Most of the scenes with the teenaged babysitter and Steve Carell’s son. A lot of that was just a little ridiculous. We really cared more about the adults, so we felt like the movie got worse whenever it spent time on its youngest generation. We wouldn’t pull out their plot entirely if it were up to us, because it turned out to be important to the other plots and there were a few laughs. But it could have been reduced significantly.

We also think it's nice that someone finally made a romantic movie that is realistic to how people date and hook up nowadays. It focuses on the bar scene and the emptiness of the lives of the guys who hound the bars for one-night-stands constantly. Yeah, love does conquer all, but it's no pic-a-nic starting out in this cynical world.

Can we just mention how much we love Emma Stone? She always plays a smart, down-to-earth girl that normal women can relate to or at least want to be. Sure, she doesn’t always get the guys the way the sweet blonde would, but she always gets to keep her sense of humor and self-respect. And the actress pulls that off every time. She’s proof that we never need Lindsay Lohan back.

Of course, Ryan Gosling is always good in everything he’s in. Steve Carell does his usual thing and draws the laughs. The pacing is perfect. One of us teared up at one point. This is a hugely romantic movie totally focused on “true love” being the key to happiness, but we didn’t care, because it was funny and it had a good cast. This is a really sweet romantic comedy, and it’s funny enough that if a guy has to watch a chick flick, it ought to be this one.

Movie Grade: B+


  1. I loved this movie...Guess I'm not as good of a guesser as Leeard b/c I never saw that twist coming!

  2. Well, the guessing ruined Leeard's enjoyment of the movie somewhat. Her problem is that her dad does the same thing. When she was a kid he used to guess out loud and ruin movies. So that just got her thinking that way.

    Ern hardly ever guesses a thing. If she guesses something, it was very obvious indeed.