Ahh, love. Beautiful, wonderful, and yes “Crazy, Stupid, Love”! When you see someone walk down the aisle you never know who will last for 50 or more years, and who won’t make it through the first. There is no magic formula.
In Crazy, Stupid, Love Cal and his wife Emily have been together since their teenage years. Over the years Cal has become somewhat complacent and let himself go. While out to dinner one evening he asks Emily what she wants for dessert and she declares “A divorce!”. He is undoubtedly stunned. He doesn’t realize there was ever a problem. On the ride home Emily confesses that she had an affair with a coworker. She says, “I mean we really haven’t been a couple in quite a while, right?” Cal shows his remorse by opening the car door and throwing himself out as only Steve Carrell could do.
He moves out of the house and starts frequenting a bar that he used to drive by and admire, wondering what went on inside. He eventually is noticed by Jacob, a lady’s man (played by Ryan Gosling) who leaves each night with a different woman. After finding out Cal’s story he takes an interest in him and wants to help. Jacob takes Cal for a wardrobe and hair makeover. It really makes a difference in Cal’s outward appearance as well as his self-confidence. Eventually, Cal becomes a lady’s man as well.
He and Emily meet at a parent teacher conference for their son. It is obvious that the two still have feelings for each other. Emily, not knowing what Cal has been up to, realizes during the conference that the teacher and Cal have “been close”. She is angry and hurt but even given her own infidelity, she is disappointed in his behavior. Yet her love for him still shows through all the bitterness even though she tries so hard for it not to.
In fact, it is obvious throughout the entire movie that the two still have deep feelings for each other. At one point Cal is secretly watching his family from his backyard, missing being a part of it all. He sees his wife through the window calling someone and it ends up being him. Not realizing he is watching her she asks for his help in lighting the pilot light on the furnace. She just wants to hear his voice. However, she pretends to go through every step that he tells her and once the pilot light is lit, it is obvious that both parties are sorry when the phone call is over.
This movie is not about infidelity. It’s about love. It’s about a love where two people have become a little too “familiar” and drifted apart. It shows our humanness and our vulnerability. Overall, it is a sweet movie, and although fictitious, probably is a lot more real than most would expect. Some loves last forever. Some don’t last a month. Life and love are both games of chance. Wherever you find yourself in this thing called love, always remember to love yourself first. That is the most beautiful love of all!