Crazy Stupid Love (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Crazy, Stupid, Love is afull of good, deep-down decent people flailing in romances gone wrong. There’s Steve Carell, divorced by his movie wife Julianne Moore (always effortlessly great) because she’s having a mid-life crisis that involves zero degrees of naked separation from Kevin Bacon. And their son (Zathura’s Jonah Bobo) is a middle-schooler doomed to crush on his high-school babysitter (America’s Top Model’s Analeigh Tipton, earnestly and gawkily acquitting herself well in her major-role debut), who in turn is hopelessly in love with Carell’s own boring, safe, solid self. (Don’t worry, it’s completely unbeknownst to him.)

Meanwhile Ryan Gosling’s pick-up artist Jacob doesn’t deploy lines as much as rattle off a relentlessly confident attitude–his smile is even more devastating than those pecs, and he even comes with his own Moroccan Morricone theme music. Naturally he falls for the One Girl Who Doesn’t Buy His Shtick (at least not at first): the always sexy dorky Emma Stone, who doesn’t so much have her own character as she weaves in and out of the narrative when needed by others’ story arcs.

Crazy, Stupid, Love keeps Carell and Moore’s grown-up marriage and divorce at its center, but deep down writer Dan Fogelman (Cars 1 & 2, Tangled) and co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa  (I Love You Phillip Morris) only have eyes for Carell and Gosling’s bromance—their scenes crackle with an energy and mutual affection missing from the movie’s other love plots. (Though Gosling and Stone are ridiculously attractive together.)

Video: How does it look?

“Crazy Stupid Love” is presented in 2.40:1 widescreen. As I said, the movie has some remarkable visuals and of course, they’re splendid in high definition. We get to see plenty of people that are far better looking than most of us can ever imagine. This is consistent with a high profile release from a major studio. The image shows off vivid colors and stark, consistent contrast as well, so this one of the better visual transfers I’ve seen of late.

Audio: How does it sound?

The DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack provides a great atmosphere and is what we’d expect from a romantic comedy. The dialogue is crystal clear, the music sounds good, and the background noise is well crafted. Surrounds aren’t too terribly active, but again this is consistent with the genre. This release also includes French and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

We get a couple of brief featurettes, the highlight of which is Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell taking jabs at one another. There are also about a dozen minutes of deleted scenes included.

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