(USA, 118 min.)
Dir. Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, Writ. Dan Fogelman
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Bobo, Analeigh Tipton, Kevin Bacon.
Well, Bridesmaids might need to divorce itself from the title of this summer’s best studio comedy, since Crazy, Stupid, Love opens this weekend and it might have the sassy bridesmaids beat. What elevates both films above other recent movies are their go-for-broke comedic efforts and their emphasis on strong characterization. Whereas Bridesmaids is more driven by physical and situational humour (that’s not a bad thing!), Crazy, Stupid, Love fuels its comedy with sturdy parallel storylines and smart, uncontrived dialogue. Just like Bridesmaids, though, Crazy, Stupid, Love is a refreshing and laugh-out-loud hilarious escape in a season riddled with sub-par brainless blockbusters.