Using Jacob's teachings, Cal seduces Kate (Marisa Tomei) at the bar.
Act one feels familiar enough, complete with makeover montage as Jacob advises Cal on socially acceptable alternatives to his Supercuts haircut, New Balance sneakers and Velcro wallet.
Courtesy photo ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’ Four stars Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Analeigh Tipton, Jonah Bobo Rating: PG-13, and rather generously, for profanity, coarse humor and unrelenting sexual content Some of them sneak up on us.
Its excellent ensemble cast notwithstanding, “Crazy, Stupid Love” risked being lumped in with the numerous smutty farces we’ve endured this year, starting with “The Dilemma” and “Hall Pass,” and continuing all the way up through “Horrible Bosses” and the as-yet unreleased “The Change-Up.” “Crazy, Stupid Love” does belong in their company.
Instead, after being elbowed out of the house, he sneaks into his former backyard to ensure that the rose bushes don’t perish — behavior Hollywood has trained us to recognize as admirably earnest, as opposed to borderline criminal.
By way of contrast, the film offers Jacob (Gosling), a pick-up artist so bored by the game, he spots Cal at the bar and offers to reinvent this loser in his own image.