By Alma Macbride
WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. - For those looking to escape from humidity while simultaneously avoiding Marvel superheroes and Death Eaters, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is the perfect summer diversion.
Easily dismissed as a repeat of the star-studded flop, “Valentine’s Day,” this film proves skeptics wrong with its charming screenplay and unexpected plot twists.
The cast, which includes The Office alum Steve Carell, Oscar-nominated Ryan Gosling, and Hollywood it-girl Emma Stone, not only rely on their notable status in the world of film, but their undeniable talent.
Gosling shines as a lothario named Jacob Walker who takes it upon himself to tutor a miserable Cal Weaver (Carell) in the ways of winning women.
To rediscover his manhood after his wife abruptly divorces him, the newly-minted bachelor frequents nightclubs to woo women.
Several one-night-stands later, Cal comes to the realization that he had been married to his soulmate all along.
This epiphany characterizes the film’s main theme that love requires never-ending devotion. Even Jacob is astonished to discover that he, too, is susceptible to “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
In the presence of witty dialogue and down-to-earth acting, any cheesiness one would expect with such a storyline evaporates.
The inevitable warm and fuzzy feeling this film evokes remains long after leaving the theater.
Masked crusaders and wizards may have to acknowledge that this film just might be this summer’s unanticipated blockbuster.