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Crazy, Stupid, Love. Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

With a side of warm milk. Read full review

4.0

Grae Drake Profile

Marry me, movie. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    68

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Nothing more (or less) than an enchanting light comedy of romantic confusion... It's a movie that understands love because it understands pain.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Sometimes Crazy, Stupid, Love captures the complexity, humor and sweetness of relationships. But in several scenes, the film takes that insight and replaces it with farcical coincidences and strained scenarios that undercut the poignancy and wit.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie suffers perhaps from too many characters and subplots but all the actors appear to have fun with their characters.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The movie also fights for what it wants - to touch us in the course of entertaining us - and it succeeds, with its zinger-studded script that transcends clumsy mechanics and a spirited cast that includes Marisa Tomei as a nymphomaniacal middle-school teacher, and Jonah Bobo as a lovesick eighth-grader.

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  • See all Crazy, Stupid, Love. reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Heartfelt dramedy has strong story and characters.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this affecting, refreshing dramedy about a man re-entering the dating life after decades and finding himself in the process deals head-on with some mature subjects, including infidelity and the art of seduction. Plenty of scenes show a guy teaching another how to pick up women and then actually doing so. That said, the actual sex scenes, which involve no nudity beyond a guy taking his shirt off and clothed couples kissing and straddling each other, are fairly tame. There's also a fair bit of social drinking and swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and a teen character takes risqu pictures of herself.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays marriage problems. Is it realistic or "Hollywoodized"? How do problems between spouses affect a family?
  • Why is Jacob's seduction formula so successful? Does the movie glamorize this, or is it making a statement about such trickery?
  • A teen character takes some racy pictures of herself. What are the real-life consequences of that kind of action? Parents, talk to your kids about sexting and other potentially inappropriate behavior.

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The movie's key message is that relationships are living, breathing things that require tending to thrive. Also, you need to take care of yourself first before you can truly care for others.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Though they're very different, Cal and Jacob form a deep friendship and are loyal to each other.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A man lunges at his friend and attempts to knock him down; he's oblivious to the chaos that ensues.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Couples are shown flirting, kissing, straddling each other (no nudity), making out heavily in bed, and discussing how they'll have sex. Some couplings are played for laughs. A teenager takes risqu pictures of herself to print and give to someone else.

  • language false3

    Language: A fair amount of crass language and swearing, including "s--t," one "f--k," "ball sack," "a--hole," "bang," "d--k," "crap," "hell," "damn," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some logos/brands are name-dropped or shown onscreen, including Google, AMC, Borders, Sbarro, and Macy's. One character believes that it's important to dress well and invest in luxury products to feel good about yourself (or at least help you get there).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of social drinking at bars and restaurants, sometimes to buzzy excess; one character emboldens herself by drinking before hitting on a guy.

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