Gosling plays against type, and gives an absolutely hysterical performance. Wilder's winking at us - just because he can, doesn't mean he will, and all the more opportunity to tease Orville for it. Make that a lot of help. I easily could have spent more time with these characters, and pined to find out what happened to each of them after the final fade out. A certain degree of patience is required while viewing because some secondary characters that feel unnecessary to the story are worth getting to know. One of the great things about it, is the acting is great.
Cal Weaver is living the American dream. Tipton is not nearly as good, but plays the role of a confused teenager a little better than you would imagine. A pious minister catches sight of it, and mistakes it for a tasty snack. The setting is Climax, Nevada, although Wilder has some fun by concentrating all of the title's bawdiness into one grimy bar just out of town. Make that a lot of help. There are so many scenes between the two where I wondered if they came up with lines on the spot.
He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily. They strike an ideal balance between humor and drama, allowing the overall tone to develop organically. Yet Novak manages to firstly revel in the Polly's trashiness, and then lift herself out of it with some financial assistance from Zelda. Make that a lot of help. Kim Novak shows up too much in everything but interpretation.
Enter, Jacob Palmer, a self-styled player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a hit with the ladies. I really liked this movie though. She doesn't like Dino, but does love being Orville's surrogate wife. Acting wise, the film delivers in spades. I have watched Crazy, Stupid, Love several times and it gets funnier every time! Initially he formulates a devious plan to shove a grapefruit into Zelda's face.
Moore and Stone also give great performances, easily balancing the humour with the drama. Later the now eaten fruit is placed harmlessly onto the table. That's also the home of the best 'waitress' available. Sellers would have fluffed the role of the commoner, stole the screen from Martin, and been too good a match for Farr. What truly sets Crazy, Stupid, Love apart from other modern-day romantic comedies, aside from the perceptive writing and direction and a dream cast, is that it strives to be meaningful, rather than just mindless, predictable fluff.
Enter, Jacob Palmer, a self-styled player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a hit with the ladies. Steven Carell is charming perfect and I think this might his best role yet. Going into an advanced screening of the film earlier this week, I had my doubts that it would be anything outside of generic. He has a point; in that film, one of Wilder's several masterpieces, Lemmon's love shack was not only a major plot point but wielded for personal gain, for ascending the corporate ladder. Laughs come mostly in chuckles at the cleverness of a line or its delivery and are never awkwardly forced in to lighten up a scene, while the emotions feel genuine without becoming manipulative. L Diamond wrote together, filled to the brim with double entendres, classic misunderstandings and racy innuendos. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer Ryan Gosling.
What Orville gradually realises is what we also see: no women should be treated like this, fake wife or not. I just saw this movie yesterday and I already want to see it again. Maybe Zelda didn't know whether or not Orville had already done the deed, and simply jumped the gun on a chance with her longtime idol. That almost never happens that I want to see a movie again right away. If anyone still hasn't watched this and if you like comedy, this is a keeper. Hitchcock's icy, alluring blonde is disarmed by a cold, and Novak hams it with her nasally dialogue, all while hobbling around in high-heels and a ridiculously tight dress. He will teach Cal how to become a real man, impressing women and asking them out in order to make his wife regret her decision.
That bit is a homage to Wellman's The Public Enemy, a pre-code gangster flick where James Cagney does the same to his girl. Dino, the charming and lecherous Las Vegas singer, stops for gas on his way to Hollywood in Climax, Nevada. The film's reputation precedes it, perhaps unfairly - it's not nearly as cynical as it sounds, and there's a heart in there somewhere. Cal's seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. Director : Keywords : Crazy, Stupid, Love.
It takes darkly hilarious turns in certain instances, plays other sequences totally unconventionally, play even more out with a foreboding sense of drama the trailer merely hints at, and trumps more than its share of genre stereotypes. Also worth noting are Analeigh Tipton and Jonah Bobo, who form Crazy, Stupid, Love's youngest romantic pairing and have been all but ignored by the movie's publicity campaigns despite their obvious talents. Well, they're not and everything comes together in a wonderful fashion. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer Ryan Gosling. These three would not be the first group on men I would turn to for a film like this, but their relative lack of expertise helps propel the film to the heights it reaches. At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver Steve Carell is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart.