When Carrie in “Sex in the City,” asked her guy, Mr. Big, if he believed in soul mates he responded “Well, I like the word soul. I like the word mate. Other than that you got me.” But this term has been around a lot longer than television. In fact, it dates all the way back to the Greeks. According to the story we once had two heads and four legs. And what sounds more like science fiction, than historical legend we were punished by a god and split into two halves. And now, we must search our whole lives for our soul mate.
In the film Crazy, Stupid, Love the gods are at work again. The story starts with Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) out to dinner when Emily blurts out “I want a divorce.” Cal is completely take off guard as his wife of twenty five years has admitted to having an affair and wants a divorce.
When Cal seeks solace in a local bar, he runs into smooth talking Jacob (Ryan Gosling). He’s a ladies man and is so tired of hearing Cal whine about his love life, he decides to take him under his wing. With the swipe of a credit card, the sound of a Velcro wallet and the words “I am better than the Gap,” Cal starts looking much better. What in turns happens is a little bit crazy, a little bit stupid and a whole lot of love from all the characters in the film.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is a smartly written romantic comedy by Dan Fogelman. Romantic comedies are a very difficult task and Fogelman has got down the formula. Crazy, Stupid, Love also includes a great cast starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and is tightly shot not wasting any moments of fun, laughter and love. And in the end the idea of soul mates doesn’t sound too improbable.
I like Mr. Big’s take on soul mates. But I count myself among the lucky few that has found theirs.
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Crazy, Stupid, Love is rated PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content and language and has a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work on SilentHollywood.com