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"Crazy, Stupid, Love" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

The movie opens with a married couple having dinner at a restaurant.  The mood is somber as Emily Weaver (Julianne Moore) tells her husband, Cal (Steve Carell), that she cheated on him with a co-worker and wants a divorce.  Cal moves out, gets an apartment and starts spending lots of time at a local bar where he meets a young womanizer, Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).  Cal and Jacob strike up a major bromance when Jacob offers to help Cal meet women.  Jacob helps Cal re-vamp his wardrobe and his attitude.  Along the way, Cal and his friends and family learn the value of real love and connectedness through a series of inappropriate crushes and  hilarious plot twists.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 118 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon
  • Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I pretty much liked everything about this movie.  I liked the story, the screenplay, the directing, the acting, the music, the cinematography, etc.  It was a welcome relief over the all too common cookie-cutter romantic comedies of today.  This movie has a genuine, mature and real quality that I found to be downright infectious.  The movie does have some twists and turns that are a little out of the norm which was good, but it bordered on being too predictably unpredictable down the stretch.  I did feel touched at the end of the film and I highly recommend this movie for a romantic date night.

Technical

The video quality was well above average in comparison to many other modern romantic movies.  The colors were natural and only oversaturated in some scenes.  The contrast was solid with good black levels and shadow detail.  The audio was about as good as it gets with crisp, intelligible dialogue and well balanced music.  The scenes with room ambience and audio effects make good use of the surround channels.

Extras

This is a two-disc Combo Pack with a Blu-ray disc and a DVD featuring an ultraviolet streaming digital copy.  Other extras include the "Steve and Ryan Walk into a Bar" featurette, "The Player Meets His Match" featurette and deleted scenes.