How's the movie?
Crazy Stupid Love is a sweet, good-natured romantic comedy. That may be surprising considering it's about a long-time couple (Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore) who separate because the wife had an affair, but once it rekindles the romance, it does so wonderfully. Plus, along the way it's filled with some of the funnier moments and characters of 2011. Ryan Gosling alone brings more laughs to the table than most straight comedies of the year have managed to muster.
At just shy of two hours, it is a little long, but the flip side of that makes Crazy Stupid Love more than just an in-and-out romcom. Dan Fogelman's screenplay is sharp and it's brought to life with a lot of heart by a great, well-rounded cast. If you're worried about this being as dreadful as a lot of romcoms lately have been (yes, we're talking about you, Something Borrowed), don't be. It's good, honest stuff.
But what do the masses think?
Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Fresh with critics, 82% liked by audiences
Box Office: $84 million domestic, $59 million foreign (not too shabby for a romcom)
What are the vitals on the disc?
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: November 1st, 2011
Number of Discs: 2 (1 x BD, 1 x DVD)
Digital Copy: Yes
Runtime: 118 minutes
Video: 1080p, AVC MPEG-4, 2.4:1 Aspect Ratio
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
How does it look and sound?
A movie like Crazy Stupid Love is never going to be demo material for your home theater, so this is a fairly average HD presentation. The blacks aren't particularly deep, the edges aren't particularly sharp, but there's no real reason to be critical of the occasional fuzziness of the picture because that's just how it's meant to look. It looks and sounds about as good as your average primetime show on a network television-- that's not a complaint, that's just how it's designed. The material is what matters here.
What about special features?
There are just a trio of special features here, and it's a good thing the movie is so good, because none are particularly great. They're amusing if you like the actors (though, oddly, there's no focus on the female cast), but you're not going to need to go out of your way for any of them.
Steve and Ryan Walk Into a Bar (6 minutes, HD) - A press-kit type video where Carrell and Gosling sit at the film's fake club/bar and talk about their characters and whether or not they like them. There's some funny interplay between the two, but there's nothing revelatory here.
The Player Meets His Match (6 minutes, HD) - Just like the one above, this is another bit of fluff that has Gosling talking about his role intermixed with footage of other actors talking about his role. It's not exactly insightful to the movie, though it does reveal a bit about the press process: it's clear from how many times the word is repeated that everyone involved was told to refer to Gosling's character as a "lothario." It's only 6-minutes long, but you could seriously turn this into a pretty lethal drinking game.
Deleted Scenes (12 minutes, HD) - A mix of deleted scenes and extended versions of scenes where the actors ad libbed a bunch of variations on the same material. Nothing too wonderful, here, either. The versions that did end up in the film are all the better versions and it's clear why the rest never made it in in any capacity.
Basically, if you've been burned on romcoms of late that are neither romantic or comedic, that's understandable, but don't let it prevent you from giving Crazy Stupid Love a try. It's charming, it's sweet and it's got one of the most endearing moments (the phone conversation) in recent romcom history. The Blu-ray may not be packed with features, but the movie makes up for that.