Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

There are a few of those generic scenes in Crazy, Stupid, Love.  It's the story of a fractured couple, in part, and in one scene our wayward hero's 13-year old son pauses in the midst of a game of catch and imparts wisdom beyond his years to his middle aged father.  On cue, father looks at son in disbelief and says, "Wow, how old are you again?"  We've seen it a million times.  Romantic comedies are overloaded with recycled moments like this; parents who don't believe their preteen kids can be in love, preteen kids who are persistent, divorce turning out for the better, out of practice divorcees being coached in the game by youthful gigolo types, reminders never to give up on love, and so on.  Sometimes, these repetitive sequences are all a story is made up of.  Fortunately, while Crazy, Stupid, Love. features the full Hollywood works, it doesn't give up on its story and characters just there.  While it may not deserve the title of the most original rom com of the summer, it's certainly among  the best in recent memory, perhaps because it's heart isn't out of touch with its brain....

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