Crazy, Stupid, Love

Theatrical Release: July 29, 2011
Crazy, Stupid, Love


At forty-something, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream–good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirty-something player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap.

Dove Review

It’s too bad this movie wanders away from the family-friendly umbrella. Steve Carell can certainly be a funny guy. At one point in the film he has learned his wife has had an affair and one of his co-workers checks on him and learns what has happened. “Oh, good, we were worried,” he says. “When I heard you crying in the bathroom I thought you had the big C (cancer) or something like that.” “Oh no,” replies Carell with impeccable timing and a touch of sarcasm, “my relationship has just fallen apart, that’s all!”

Unfortunately the morals in the movie break down too. The film basically portrays the idea that if your wife leaves you, the best way to get her respect is to have sex with several women in a row. I wonder how many women would agree with that. Certainly this movie caters to men and is more a “guy film” than a “chick flick.” One thing it is not, due to its frank sexual comments and innuendos and strong language, and that is it is NOT a family-friendly movie and does not earn our Dove Seal. Steve, why not try making another family-friendly film the next time like “Dan in Real Life”?

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Casual sex, affairs and frank sexual comments; a woman catches a boy masturbating although the scene isn't graphic; a girl admits to having slept with a co-worker; sexual slang is used several times; A teacher discuss the novel "The Scarlet Letter" and makes comments about sin and adultery; women pole dancing is mentioned; a man mentions making sweet love to a woman; sex between an unmarried couple is implied; passionate kissing between a few couples in the film; a man comments he was worried a woman might have AIDS; although not graphic a girl takes sexy pictures of herself to send; talk of sexual encounters.
Language: J-2; JC-1; G/OMG-30; F-1 (partial use of the word also); A-14; H-4; Crap-4; SOB-2; D-1; Slang for having sex-10; Slang for male genitalia-4; Slang for female genitalia-1; Slang for breasts-2
Violence: A character opens a car door and falls out onto the street while the car is moving but other than being a bit shaken he is okay; a character slaps another character a couple of times while trying to make a point but the character is fine; a father tackles a man to the ground, thinking he is involved with his daughter and a few characters are punched in the face and the entire scene is played as physical humor.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes including a woman gulping down wine; wine and beer and vodka and champagne are consumed; a man shops for liquor at a liquor store; a character is referred to as a "human Valium".
Nudity: A lot of cleavage is seen; shirtless men; woman in a slip.
Other: A waitress admits to having spit in a customer's drink; a woman lies about needing help with a water heater to get a man to come over; some disrespect shown to characters.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Dan Fogelman
Director: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Producer: Denise Di Novi
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 118 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter