RED:NESDAY – “Crazy. Stupid. Love.”
“Crazy. Stupid. Love.” was crazy stupid wonderful. I’m amused by how often I seem to watch the same actors doing the same sort of thing in the same types of movies, but “Crazy. Stupid. Love.” has a little more pizazz and depth than afore mentioned “Date Night” First of all, apparently I love Ryan Gosling. He’s recognized as a bit of a ladies man and I think after his performance in the Notebook girls sort of claimed him as theor own and a lot of the guys really didn’t seem to care.
Your basic story is that people are depressed and they want to be happy. It’s a simple premise and while you may catch one or two predictable moments of humor, a lot of the writing, dialogue, and character development is very well executed and is sure to spur on a range of emotional responses. “Crazy. Stupid. Love.” creates a full bodied tension followed by a full bellied laugh.
I loved this movie because I cared so deeply about all of the characters. While a few of their impulses were a little off center, most of the film feels honest and in my opinion offers a clear representation of what happens when life gets hard and nobody knows how to respond. The character development alone in this film is worth the watch and I can’t recommend a Red Box movie more highly.
BROAD vs. NICHE – This is definitely a broad audience movie, but it has the intensity and talent of an independent film. I truly loved everything about this film and Kevin Bacon plays an exceptionally creepy nice guy. I think this is one for the whole family minus anyone in grade school, but that’s up to you. Sex is an interesting topic.
WATCHABILITY – There may be one or two dry moments that last a total of five minutes and that’s only because I had seen so much of it from the commercials. As a whole, this film is so good that each scene leaves you desperate for more resolution.
STATUS REPORT – Go watch this movie! This is a great film for kids who are coming home from University and want to spend a night relaxing at home with the parents. It’s a great film if you’re a new couple and spending the holidays together for the first time and you want to know what real life can look like. It’s a great movie if you’re ok with things not working out and you see yourself as someone who can rise to the occasion. This is also a great film if you thought Ryan Gosling looked like a total bro and you wanted to be just like him… hopefully this film will help you grow up too.