'Crazy, Stupid, Love' (2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
(Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, et al / 3-Disc Blu ray+DVD / PG-13 / 2011 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Fortysomething straight-laced Cal Weaver (Carell) is living the dream—good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart, Emily (Julianne Moore). So when Cal learns that his wife has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels.
DVD Verdict: 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' starts with happily married Cal being dropped a bomb by his wife, Emily: she's had an affair and wants a divorce. The film traces his response to her mid-life crisis - a crisis of his own, aided and abetted by Jacob, the quintessential lady-killer who helps Cal find his groove (and some style.)
Like many modern films and television shows, CSL is a "dramedy." When the genre is at its best, like in CSL, it really works, reaching the audience on many levels. The whole theatre laughed uproariously at the goofy parts and seemed moved by the story, which was insightful and sweet. Using Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone made a big difference to the dramatic parts of the story. Because they aren't known for being in tons of puffy rom-coms, they came off as sincere and likable (except for maybe Moore, but I think that was a conscious choice on her part.) The plot devices seemed less formulaic in their capable hands.
Yes, I said formulaic, but I still found it well-written, sometimes the clique is the right choice. I appreciated the cultural references which were mainstream and fun. More daring was the soundtrack, but it fit the film well. The cinematography also aided the storytelling of the film, there was a good amount of grain and handheld shooting that gave it a more organic quality.
I wouldn't say this is a "must see movie" kind of film, but I haven't seen many movies (in the theatre or on DVD) that match the depth of this one) for a long, long time). I think most people will enjoy it, though, whenever you have the chance to see it. [FYI: The Digital Copy, you say? Well, there is NO digital copy for the customer, but the "right" to stream the movie over the internet (via an Ultraviolet stream) from Flixster!] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Includes Instant Streaming with UltraViolet Digital Copy
Steve and Ryan Walk Into a Bar
The Player Meets His Match