It’s movie review day here at Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos. This week’s movie review is for Crazy, Stupid, Love. I’m expecting a heartwarming movie about, well, what else? Crazy, stupid, heartwarming, ooey gooey love. I had planned to see the raunchy comedy, 30 Minutes or Less, since today was it’s opening day. I admit, I love funny, raunchy comedy. They’re a guilty pleasure, and I love to laugh. But then my daughter decided to come with me. She’s almost 17, and I was happy to spend the afternoon with her. This was the movie she wanted to see.
The Review: I fully expected this movie to be good. I mean, Ryan Gosling, woah, what happened to him? Like he was great in The Notebook, but I loved seeing him in a role like this. He was funny, and hot. A great combination. He and Marisa Tomei totally stole the movie. The movie, for me, took awhile to get going.
In the beginning, two people are going to get a divorce. It’s devastating. I hate to see love fail, sorry, I’m a romantic. But having them apart, seemed a little too real, you know? It didn’t make me laugh. I kept thinking when is this movie going to get good? When are they going to get back together? The movie was cute, in that it shows love through the eyes of three men. A married man, going through a divorce, a younger man, who is happy sleeping with a different woman every night, and through the eyes of a thirteen year old boy, who thinks he’s found his soul mate in his seventeen year old babysitter. The boy has big time crush.
I’m sitting there thinking, okay, when is Ryan gonna take his shirt off? Because I thought it was the only thing that might save the movie for me. And it certainly helped. How could it not?
But then something happened, I won’t tell you, because it would spoil the fun, but there was one mad cap scene that turned the whole movie around. It was one of those plot twists that was so completely unexpected, you couldn’t help but roar with laughter. The movie redeemed itself completely. I want to watch it again. And maybe again.
The Verdict: At the beginning of the movie, I really thought it was shaping up to be a Bad Date. I wanted to say, he’s not my type, but hey, I have a friend that might be perfect for you. I felt for the characters getting a divorce, and I couldn’t help but think, could this happen to me? I guess you know when a movie makes you feel something so deeply, it’s good, right? We’ve all had bad first dates, but there was something about this guy that made me want to give him another chance. See if maybe he was just nervous, or trying too hard to impress. So I gave him the second date, and boy was it worth it. He was cute, and funny, and romantic. He made me laugh and swoon, and then he did something so adorable, it almost made me cry. So I think I want to see him again. I’m definitely Stalking Him, hoping that he will call.
I should also point out that my daughter loved this movie. Granted, she’s still at that romantic lovey dovey age, and didn’t take the divorce as personally as I did. She flitted happily through the first date, enjoyed the second date, and is seeing him again. She’s not sure if it’s true love, but it’s looking good. She ranked it halfway between Stalking Him and Happily Ever After.
Just a reminder of how we rank movies here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos:
One Star = Walk of shame. I was in last night’s dress, carrying my shoes as I rushed off. I can’t believe I wasted my time on him and pray no one I know sees me. Two Stars = Bad date. He didn’t really do anything wrong, we just didn’t have any chemistry. Maybe he just wasn’t my type. I probably won’t answer if he calls. Three Stars = Hookup. We had a great night together. Don’t know if it will be more than that, but it was sure fun while it lasted. Four Stars = Stalking him. What a night! We danced, we kissed. Now if I could just get him to call me. Five Stars = Happily ever after. I love him! I want to marry him, have his babies, and live happily ever after.