Monday, August 29, 2011

Crazy Stupid Love

I've seen "Crazy Stupid Love" twice in the past 2 weeks. The first time with Blanche and her friends Mimi and Koko. And the second one yesterday with Giddi. I knew I wanted to watch it the first time a saw the trailer. But I didn't think I'd like it so much it'd merit a re-watch :)

(Just a heads up, I can so tell this is gonna be a long-ass post with many pretty pictures nicked from the interwebz. Hahaha, consider yourself warned.)

Credits to Warner Brothers.

I'm not in a relationship so I'm hard pressed to think why this movie resonates so much with me. The movie in a nutshell (I will talk about the movie in painful detail, so if you still have plans of watching it and not getting any spoilers, bye bye!) is about two people who have been in a relationship for a very long time and are struggling to remember why they loved each other in the first place. Not in any way remotely resembling my current state right now, but the movie somehow managed to endear itself to me so badly.

I guess the selling point of the movie for me is the fact that it is a secret wish I've had burning in the back room of my head for a while. That out there is this someone that you will share amazing chemistry with and that there is this one person that you will just keep coming back to.

Emily Weaver (Julianne Moore) and Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) were so unbelievably convincing as the high school sweethearts that got married at 17, slugged it out together for over 25 years, and surprisingly made it. Yes, Emily wanted a divorce but that isn't to say they didn't have a great marriage. They didn't come out unscathed, but the fact that they were able to stay at the marriage for that long, and happy for a considerable time has to be something. I really think that is something big considering they probably weren't sure when they jumped the gun at 17. 

I loved the movie for the beautiful small moments. That was where the movie was great at. The conversations were heartfelt, the pain was so real, and the sentiments were so raw. I will never forget that scene where Cal and Emily meet again for the first time after Cal moved out. It was in Robbie's (played by Jonah Bobo, their 13-year old son in the movie) Parent-Teacher night.

This was awkward and painful and raw.
And when Cal said, "I miss you, Em", my goodness! my heart broke to a million pieces!

And then there was Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. I love Emma Stone! And oh my goodness just look at how beautiful Ryan Gosling is! These two can just sit onscreen for a full hour, watching their nails grow and I probaly would've gone out to watch them. They don't even need to do anything, I was sold on these two already. And then they make this wonderful story about this beautiful man and this smart redhead, I'm just so happy I want to cry.

The most amazing bed scene - the one where no sex happens :)

This story arc has been used a million times before. Beautiful stud falls hard for the amazing smart girl and they make beautiful and smart babies together. The Hanna (Emma Stone) and Jacob (Ryan Gosling) is also like that but somehow it's different.

I cannot get over how adorable that sequence is when Hanna storms into the bar and makes out with Jacob. They go home to Jacob's and everything that every other rom-com glosses over is played out in awkward details, like a parody of how everything goes smoothly in every other rom-com. Hanna asks questions like "So, how does this go like...logistically?" and the small talk kind of kills the moment but in an endearing way. 

They show the hot and steamy make out on the bed which Hanna breaks by saying "My god, your pillow forms perfectly to the shape of my head! Did you buy this in home TV shopping?". Jacob says yes and Hannah says "Continue" as if there was a pause-play button to the whole thing.

I mean look at that pretty boy. Like seriously look at him.
My gad, the scruff and the arms and that swagger. HOT DEYM.

I think the reason why I like this arc so much (which is kind of how much I like the whole movie hahaha) is because it's just so dreamy. There's this smooth-talking beautiful boy, so beautiful he can get pretty much any girl in the sack, and then he falls, and real hard, in love with a sassy lawyer. I mean just look at the guy! He's so pretty he can eat a pizza sloppily and I still think it's sexy!

I guess that's the dream. That the pretty boy indeed falls in love with the girl who made him think, and who made interesting conversation, and who made him laugh. She was pretty alright, but he fell for her because she was feisty, because she knows what she wants, and she was honest it was awkward. Yeah yeah, I think I'm giving too much of my secret hopes and dreams.

This movie will go down as one of the most heartfelt, most adorable, most heartwarming love stories of all time. That things aren't perfect but that's no excuse not to make the most of it :)


  1. hi again kat! nice blog! :D liked it so much i went on a reading spree :) teehee :)

  2. Heyyy. Thanks! I really get kilig when people find this blog. My need for an audience is fulfilled hahaha


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