Friday, July 29, 2011

"Crazy, Stupid, Love"... Another Rom-Com Worth Watching?

You know the drill. The Romantic-comedy genre has become so trite and played out as it can be, I'm surprised that they're still making them. Don't get me wrong, I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic myself. But this whole thing with the over-the-top love gestures, chasing-the-girl-through-the-airport type of thing will do nothing but awaken the cynical, sarcastic asshole in me.

If it's not that, then there's always that movie where the two protagonists start out not being able to stand each other, only to find out midway that the things they don't have in common is what binds them, and by the end of it one of them (usually the guy) will have like this prepared speech of how much they love each other.

Although this is only considered romantic since it's the guy who was all tied up...
Just to clarify, I don't hate romantic movies. Just that the ones I like are often the 'mature' ones like Adam's Rib [1949], Chasing Amy [1997], Just Like Heaven [2005] or perhaps more recently He's Just Not That Into You [2009].

First impressions say that this upcoming movie might become an addition to that list;

For starters, I'm gonna say that it's the cast that caught my attention. We have the two great MILFs Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore, not forgetting Kevin Bacon, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and of course, funnyman Steve Carrell. In this case, it's not so much because they're all very likable. It's because this movie doesn't feature a flavour-of-the-month actress along with a pretty boy with washboard abs as the romantic leads.

Because if that ever happens, we all know how it's gonna go down. Oh yes, I'm looking at you The Proposal [2009] and Life as We Know It [2010].

Anyway, Crazy, Stupid, Love is a romantic-comedy with an ensemble cast about a recently-divorced man trying to get back into the dating scene. He then forges a friendship with a younger, suave ladies man who helps him get back on his feet. But of course, when there's love and feelings involved, things can hardly be straightforward.

Sounds good so far.

Release Date: September 1st, 2011 (Malaysia)
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Starring: Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon

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