ANALEIGH TIPTON as Jessica, JULIANNE MOORE as Emily and STEVE CARELL as Cal in Warner Bros. Pictures' comedy "CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE." a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Opened: 07/29/2011 Wide
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Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rated: PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content and language.
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. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels.
In today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome lothario Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap.
Cal and Emily aren't the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal's 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), is in love with his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a major crush of her own...on Cal. And even Jacob's new-woman-every-night modus operandi is challenged when he tries his best lines on Hannah (Emma Stone), a girl he just can't seem to get out of his mind--maybe because she's the first woman he's ever met who doesn't think this professional player has any game.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa directed "Crazy, Stupid, Love." from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman. The film is produced by Steve Carell and Denise Di Novi, and stars Carell, Oscar® nominee Ryan Gosling ("Half Nelson"), Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore ("Far From Heaven"), Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo and John Carroll Lynch, with Academy Award® winner Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin Vinnie") and Kevin Bacon. Analeigh Tipton, multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban, Liza Lapira and Joey King also star.
David A. Siegel, Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock are the film's executive producers. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Andrew Dunn, production designer William Arnold, editor Lee Haxall and costume designer Dayna Pink. Music is by Christophe Beck and Nick Urata.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, a Carousel production, a Di Novi Pictures production, "Crazy, Stupid, Love." The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
About the Production
JACOB: Cal, you've got a kind face. You've got a good head of hair. You seem like a nice guy. I'm going to help you rediscover your manhood. Do you have any idea when you lost it?
CAL: A strong case can be made for 1984.
Whether you're middle-aged marrieds on the brink of divorce, a passionate young couple in your twenties or thirties, or teenagers with your first real crush, love can make you do crazy, stupid things.
Steve Carell, who stars in and produces the film, says, "Age usually denotes some sort of growth, some sort of leg-up on the learning curve, but that's not always the case when it comes to love. This is a great story because it involves three different generations of romance. What I found really interesting to explore was the crossover between them and the idea that, even as we get older, we don't always have all the answers. The lessons we can learn from our kids are sometimes the most surprising."
Carell's character in "Crazy, Stupid, Love." is Cal Weaver, a man whose life falls apart in the opening scene when, without warning, his wife announces she wants a divorce. Having the rug pulled out from under him without warning, he flails around, trying to find his footing, when he's offered an unexpected and unusual lifeline in the form of ladies' man Jacob Palmer, played by Ryan Gosling.
Glenn Ficarra, who directed the film with John Requa, states, "This is a story about a guy who has a mid-life crisis thrust upon him as opposed to coming to it naturally, and the domino effect it has on everyone around him."
In addition to the details of the story and characters, the overarching theme of love, present in so many different forms, was a big draw for the directing duo.
Requa contends, "Love is vital. For most people, it's really the most important thing, the greatest thing in life worth fighting for. But it can also be a great source of comedy, which is how we felt when we read the script."
The screenplay, written by Dan Fogelman, "was one of the best I've ever read," says producer Denise Di Novi. "It was funny, very witty, very smart. It took a clear look at human relationships--marriage, parenting, first love, long-term love--in a way that was dramatic and edgy and hilarious...an irresistible combination for me."
Fogelman actually wrote the screenplay with Carell in mind for the character of Cal. "I had the initial idea of a guy whose wife leaves him, and he meets another guy in a bar, and that guy trains him to become a sort of older version of himself, to rediscover his manhood and, well, pick up women. I could instantly imagine Steve playing him."
To round out the story and characters, the writer drew from his own experiences. "I'm in my thirties, I'm single, I've been through the wringer just like everyone," he smiles. "I also have many friends who are married and have kids. People love to give you advice. So I just compiled all of the things I knew and heard and created Cal as this 'everyman' character in need of some guidance and Jacob as something of a guru."
Fogelman's script became the first project to be produced under Carell's own Carousel banner, with partners Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock serving as executive producers on the project. Both filmmakers saw the story's appeal right away.
"Everything was hidden so nicely inside the script, and every time I turned the page I was excited to find out what would happen," Hartsock says. "But what really impressed me was that I never felt ahead of the script, I never thought, 'Oh, I see where this is going.' That made reading it even better."
DeGeneres offers, "The humor comes very naturally out of the situation and the character. Cal was very real and his story--his relationship falling apart after years of marriage--was something a lot of people can relate to. It really fit with what Carousel is all about."
It was also precisely the kind of movie that directing partners Requa and Ficarra, who have previously only directed their own material, couldn't pass up.
Notes Ficarra, "We have a common ear for what we like, and there were issues in this story--mid-life crises, family dynamics--that really rang true and were very tempting to us."
"I liked the way Dan examined how annoying love can be," Requa says. "The script was just so impressive, and it's a character-based comedy, which is exactly what we like to do."
Di Novi states, "Glenn and John have a style that we all felt would match perfectly with this project. They're really able to access the underlying emotion of a scene, even through the laughter. They bring a real sense of humanity to what they do."
A team in the true essence of the word, the entire cast and crew came to find that the directing pair were so much on the same wavelength that they would complete each other's sentences, or offer up an idea half a second before the other did.
"We've been working together for something like 23 years, so we really do think alike at this point," Ficarra admits.
In addition to having a cohesive vision, the team was able to double their efforts in other areas.
"As an actor, it was like having twice the support," Carell underscores. "They created an incredibly imaginative environment in which we all had the freedom to try things with the understanding that if they didn't work, no harm no foul. But in the trying, there was a great chance for discovery, and they were both very encouraging on that front."
"We had so many brilliant people in this cast," Requa relates, "that it was really just about showing up and letting them do their thing."