Crazy, Stupid, Love. - 2011
Ryan Gosling is a gorgeous man. I can say this without any hesitation because (1) it’s true and, (2) I am secure enough in my masculinity and heterosexuality that acknowledging a a man’s attractiveness doesn’t shake the foundations of my self-image.
But, let’s all just stop for a moment and appreciate how freakin’ beautiful this man is.
Like straight guys discussing the attractiveness of men, Crazy, Stupid, Love. is not very comfortable. Steve Carrell’s Cal is the everyman that every man fears becoming. Innefectual, uninspired, unhappy, and in a rut. He’s got two great kids, a smokin’ wife (Julianne Moore) and the admiration of one very adventurous 17 year-old babysitter.
There’s a lot to love in this film, as in last year’s other “beauty of real life, in the midst of real life nastiness” movie, The Descendents some wonderful performances on the edges of the film and a genuine, lovable performance from the gifted actor at the center (Clooney for Descendents, Carrell here). High’s, low’s, lots of in-between. That’s real life, and if you can stomach it in your entertainment there is a wonderful little movie to see here. 4 stars.