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Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, written by Dan Fogelman and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. It follows a recently separated man who seeks to rediscover his manhood and is taught how to pick up women at bars.

The film was released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures on July 29, 2011, grossing over $142 million against its $50 million budget. Gosling was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance.


Cal Weaver is a middle-aged man whose wife Emily asks for a divorce after she reveals an affair she had with co-worker David Lindhagen. After moving into his own apartment, Cal begins frequenting an upscale bar, talking loudly about his divorce, until he attracts the attention of a young man named Jacob Palmer. Jacob, a womanizer who beds different women each night, was recently rejected by a woman named Hannah. Jacob takes pity on Cal and offers to teach him how to pick up women. After a few awkward attempts to talk to women, Cal seduces Kate at the bar. This experience gives Cal the confidence to approach other women, and Cal begins to successfully emulate Jacob s example.

Eventually, Cal and Emily reunite at their 13-year-old son Robbie s parent-teacher conference, where Emily is impressed by Cal s newfound confidence and fitted clothes. Their reunion goes well until Robbie s teacher is revealed as Kate, who shares with Emily that she and Cal have had sex. Cal inadvertently confesses to having sex with nine women since their separation and Emily leaves in disgust. Meanwhile, Hannah, a recent law school graduate, is offended by her boyfriend as he offered her a position as a permanent lawyer instead of proposing to her. She returns to the bar where she originally rejected Jacob s advances, finds him, and asks if he still wants to take her home. Jacob takes her back to his luxurious home, but instead of becoming physically intimate, they spend the night talking and laughing until they both fall asleep.

Cal and Emily s son Robbie makes numerous grand gestures to try to win the heart of Jessica Riley, his 17-year-old babysitter, who has a crush on Cal. At the advice of a classmate, Jessica takes nude photos of herself, intending to send them to Cal. Emily calls Cal under the guise of needing help with the house s pilot light, but Cal sees through the ruse. Realizing that she called just because she missed him, Cal decides to win her back. Jacob returns Cal s calls and asks for advice about being in a real relationship and meeting his girlfriend s parents. Jessica s mother discovers the naked photos and Jessica s father, Bernie, rushes to the Weaver residence to confront him about the photos, with Jessica in pursuit. Cal and his kids create a makeshift mini golf set in their backyard to remind Emily of their first date. During the gathering, Jacob and Hannah show up at the house, and Hannah is revealed to be Cal and Emily s first daughter born to them right out of high school. Cal is appalled that Jacob is dating his daughter, and forbids her from seeing him. Bernie shows up and attacks Cal. Jessica arrives and tells her father that Cal knew nothing of the pictures. David arrives on the scene to return Emily s sweater from a previous date. When Jacob identifies him, he punches David in the face for the pain he caused Cal. Cal, Jacob, David, and Bernie then get into a scuffle which is soon broken up by the police. Cal starts spending time at the bar again and receives a visit from Jacob, who confesses that he is in love and has begun to re-evaluate his life as a result. Cal replies that he is happy that Jacob is a changed man but does not approve of Jacob and Hannah s relationship, having seen Jacob s former lifestyle. Jacob resigns without harboring any ill feelings; rather, he expresses his respect for Cal and praises him for being a great father.

At Robbie s eighth grade graduation, Robbie is the salutatorian and gives a pessimistic speech about how he no longer believes in true love and soulmates. Cal stops him, and instead begins to recount his courtship with Emily to the audience, saying that, while he does not know if things will work out, he will never give up on Emily. With renewed faith, Robbie reaffirms his love for Jessica, to the audience s applause. After the ceremony, Cal gives Jacob and Hannah his blessing. Jessica gives Robbie an envelope containing the nude photos of herself that were originally intended for Cal to get him through high school. Cal and Emily have a laugh talking about the events that have transpired the past year, and watching them from afar, Robbie smiles optimistically.


  • Steve Carell as Cal Weaver
  • Ryan Gosling as Jacob Palmer
  • Julianne Moore as Emily Weaver
  • Emma Stone as Hannah Weaver
  • Marisa Tomei as Kate Tafferty
  • Kevin Bacon as David Lindhagen
  • John Carroll Lynch as Bernie Riley
  • Josh Groban as Richard
  • Lio Tipton as Jessica Riley
  • Jonah Bobo as Robbie Weaver
  • Joey King as Molly Weaver
  • Beth Littleford as Claire Riley
  • Julianna Guill as Madison
  • Liza Lapira as Liz
  • Crystal Reed as Amy Johnson
  • Dan Butler as Cal s boss


The film was developed under the working title Untitled Marital Crisis Comedy.

Dan Fogelman started writing the screenplay in 2009 about love among a group of people. It is based on his own experiences and was written with Steve Carell in mind. After Fogelman sent it to his manager, within a week Carell read it and came aboard the project. In December 2009, Warner Bros. secured the rights of the then-untitled project for $2.5 million. In January 2010, the film was in pre-production. On March 16, 2010, Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in the film. On April 7, 2010, Lio Tipton was in final talks to appear in the film. On April 12, Kevin Bacon also joined the cast. It is the first project produced by Carell s Carousel Productions.

Principal photography took place in and around Los Angeles, California. Filming started on April 16, 2010 and lasted for 53 days. Locations included Westfield Century City mall, Ventura Boulevard, Hollywood Hills where Jacob s house is located, Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Portola Middle School in Tarzana and Grant High School in Van Nuys, which stood for Robbie and Jessica s campuses, El Torito Grill at the Sherman Oaks Galleria and Equinox Fitness in Woodland Hills, which became the sports club featured in the film. Before editing, the original cut was three hours long.


The film s release was originally slated for April 22, 2011, but was later changed to July 29, 2011.

Home media

Crazy, Stupid, Love was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 6, 2011. DVD sales grossed $19.8 million and Blu-ray sales $5.6 million.


Box office

Crazy, Stupid, Love grossed $84.2 million in the United States and Canada and $58.5 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $142.7 million, against its production of $50 million.

The film opened at No. 5 at the North American box office on its opening weekend with $19.1 million.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 79% based on 235 reviews and an average rating of 6.9/10. The site s critical consensus reads, It never lives up to the first part of its title, but Crazy, Stupid, Love s unabashed sweetness – and its terrifically talented cast – more than make up for its flaws. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 68 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale.

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly called it Nothing more (or less) than an enchanting light comedy of romantic confusion… It s a movie that understands love because it understands pain. He gave it a grade A . Roger Ebert gave Crazy, Stupid, Love 3 out of 4 stars and remarked that it is a sweet romantic comedy about good-hearted people . A. O. Scott of The New York Times gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, and wrote: Crazy, Stupid, Love is, on balance, remarkably sane and reasonably smart . Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a 4 out of 5 review as well and said that it conjures up the bittersweet magic of first loves, lasting loves, lost loves and all the loves in between .

Some reviewers were less favorable, such as Christy Lemire at the Associated Press, who wrote that it never gets crazy or stupid enough to make you truly fall in love with it , giving the film a 2 out of 4 rating. James Rocchi of MSN Movies was particularly critical, giving it 1 out of 5 and remarking that it is a star-studded lump of fantasy and falsehood .

Several critics included the film on their end-of-year lists. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly included the film in 8th place on his list.TV Guide put it in 9th place on its Best Movies of 2011 list. Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle included it in 10th place on his Top 20 list.


List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
BMI Film & TV Awards Film Music Award Nick Urata Nominated
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting for a Big Budget Comedy Feature Mindy Marin, Kara Lipson Won
Critics Choice Movie Awards Best Comedy Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Ryan Gosling Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated
Empire Awards Best Comedy Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Ryan Gosling Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards Best Romance TV Spot In It Nominated
Best Wildposts Banners Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Performance – Female Emma Stone Nominated
Best Kiss Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Nominated
People s Choice Awards Favorite Comedy Movie Nominated
Favorite Actress Emma Stone (also for The Help) Won
Favorite Comedic Actor Steve Carell Nominated
Favorite Comedic Actress Emma Stone Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Comedy Nominated
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Ryan Gosling Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Emma Stone Won
Choice Movie: Chemistry Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell Nominated
Choice Movie: Liplock Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Nominated
Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Steve Carell Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Jonah Bobo Nominated

Year 2011
ReleaseDate 2011-07-29
RuntimeMins 118
RuntimeStr 1h 58min
Plot A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.
Awards Awards, 4 wins & 23 nominations
Directors Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writers Dan Fogelman
Stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore
Produced by Eryn Brown,Steve Carell,Vance DeGeneres,Denise Di Novi,Jeffrey Harlacker,Charlie Hartsock,David Siegel
Music by Christophe Beck,Nick Urata
Cinematography by Andrew Dunn
Film Editing by Lee Haxall
Casting By Mindy Marin
Production Design by William Arnold
Art Direction by Sue Chan
Set Decoration by David Smith
Costume Design by Dayna Pink
Makeup Department David LeRoy Anderson,Kimberly Carlson,Deborah La Mia Denaver,Roxane Griffin,Barbara Olvera,Geri B. Oppenheim,Peter Tothpal,Cinzia Zanetti,David Forrest
Production Management Jennifer Corey,David Siegel,Jeffrey Harlacker,Mark Scoon
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Stephen E. Hagen,Brandon Lambdin,Jon Recher
Art Department Alejandro Aguilar,Perry Bachelor,Daniel W. Blaha,Jennifer R. Blair,John Bratton,Richard Brunton,Brett Chapman,John Coven,Phil Dagort,Nicole Eldredge,China Fox,Douglas Fox,Ernesto Gaecia,Neil Gahm,Brenner Hugh Harris,Robert Kusler,David B. Long,Merdyce McClaran,Michael McCombe,Jeffrey McMahon,Barbara Mesney,Anthony Millr,Ken Murohy,Steven O Bannon,Kim Richey,John H. Samson,Kelly Schultz,Paul Stanwyck,R. Lucas Stewart,Michael P. Sweeney,Samuel J. Tell,Robert Williams,Rani Woods,Tim Ackers,Bennett Andrews,David L. Bush,Doug Crawford,Eva Firshein,Charles Kern,Andrew Kim,Tony Miller,Chris Patterson,Eric Rosenberg
Sound Department Ron Bartlett,Nick Carbone,Johnna Chism,Carmen Flores De Tanis,David Lee Fein,Eric Flickinger,Albert Gasser,Aaron Glascock,Doug Hemphill,Hilda Hodges,David Jobe,Vanessa Lapato,James Morioka,Thomas J. O Connell,Jordan O Neill,Benjamin Patrick,Curt Schulkey,Brian Seagrave,Chris Shadley,Matt Vowles,Brian Wittle,Beauxregard Neylen,John Joseph Thomas
Special Effects by Donald Elliot,Frank Iudica,Michael Lantieri,Matt McDonnell,Dan Ossello
Visual Effects by Cara Buckley,Kate Chappell,Jim Rider,Eric Swenson,Cynthia Angel,Leslie Chung,Kyle Cody,Sean Curran,Luciano DiGeronimo,Adam Francis,Mike Leben,Ryan Leonard,Karin Levinson,Yuval Levy,Paul Maples,David Piombino,Chris B. Schnitzer
Stunts Stacey Carino,Cameron Croughwell,Charles Croughwell,Jeff Habberstad,Trevor Habberstad,Randy Hall,David Rowden,Erik Solky,Austin Steady,Stacey Carino,Trevor Habberstad,Erik Solky
Camera and Electrical Department Matthew E. Alper,Michael Anderson,Bryan Ashford,Brian Bishop,Jessica Lakoff Cannon,Mike Connors,Malcolm Doran,Mitch Dubin,Tulio Duenas,Ben Glass,Daniel C. Gold,Steve Graves,Matthew Haskins,Chad Herr,Jason Kilgore,Len Levine,Dennis J. Lootens,Michael Lowrance,Abraham Martinez,Greg Mitchell,Don Selsor,Jeremy Selsor,Victor A. Shelehov,Danny Stephens,Jeffrey T. Sweet,Mike Tenerelli,Chris Toll,Melvin Butch Von Bulow,Sam Wayman,Alex M. Cacciarelli,Brian Cantrell,Anthony Erlandson,Brian Evans,Michael Fitzgerald,Sheila Greene,Alexander Griffiths,Chris Haarhoff,Dan Jones,Lee Majors,John Mang,Michael A. Mendez,Michael Sapienza,Chris Shadley,David W. Slodki,Brent Studler,Mike Visencio
Casting Department Chris Bustard,Kara Lipson,Jami Holmquist,Mariann H.W. Lee
Costume and Wardrobe Department Valentina Aulisi,Kurt J. Blackwell,Lisa Bojarski,Amy Brownson,Corey Deist,Sharon Fauvel,Bradley Inaba,Sonny Merritt,Bob Morgan,Shelli Nishino,Nina Padovano,Kelly Porter,Tim Wegman,Pablo Borges,Daniel Flores,Suzy Magnin,Cheri Reed,Michael Welch
Editorial Department David Berman,Mo Henry,Elana Joy Livneh Lessem,Jason Miller,Adam Ohl,David Orr,Joe Rogan,Howard Scott Stein,Jan Yarbrough,Tim Weyers
Location Management Jacob Charney,Anna L. Coats,Tisha Jefferson,Ken Lavet,Guy Morrison,Manny Padilla,Miguel Tapia,Jacob M. Torres,Nicholas S. Biron
Music Department Biraj Bhattarai,George Drakoulias,Jim Dunbar,Peter Erskine,Steve Kaplan,Brian Kilgore,Santiago Martin Medina,Jake Monaco,Aaron Moore,Randall Poster,Jason Ruder,Adam Sanborne,Casey Stone,Andrew Synowiec,David Van Tieghem,Joe Zimmerman,Kim Blackburn Bowen,Al Clay,Eric Corne,George Doering,Matt Fausak,Vicki Giordano,Mark Graham,Frank Longo,David Metzner,Victor Pesavento,Adam Peters,Peter Rotter,Daniel J. Stimac,Gina Zimmitti
Script and Continuity Department Jayne-Ann Tenggren
Transportation Department Vic Cuccia,Jon Follingstad,Dan Romero,Brian Stackhouse,Travis Stake,Tim May,Jim Petti,Don Poole,Dean Winton
Additional Crew Richie Adams,MacKenzie Allen,Wendy Altman-Cohen,Chung An,Caroline Andrade,Chris Angulo,Susannah Barnes,Maï Boiron,Brett Boone,Meghan Burchfield,Jules Carideo,Maureen Poon Fear,Stephanie Fugleberg,Anna Fuson,Ruben Guevara III,Forrest Hartl,Patrick Hernandez,Jason Inman,Eva Jensen,Ross Jensen,Heather Kehayas,Jess King,Vanessa King,Jacqueline Lesko,Jennifer Lobban,John Malakoff,Olivia McCallum,Mark McSorley,Crystal Munson,Dillon Neaman,Paulette Osorio,Griffin Pocock,Jazmyne Robbins,Julianna Rose,Lisa Shields,Emma Siegel,Paul Straw,Spencer Taylor,Dawn Terashima,Tamara Thomas,Debbie Tieman,Nick Tolmasov,Andrew Turner,Jeff Winn,Tansey Allen,Ryan Babbs,Megan Blake,Meghan Burchfield,Ashley Bush,Rose Cox,Colleen Craig,Allison Daly,Seth Dusky,Lauren Fash,Caroline Fife,Elan Garfias,Katherine Grace,James Henderson,Cody Klop,Kaitlin Kubiak,Jonathan Levinson,Kevin Maier,Mandy Noack,Emanuel Orlando,Mark Palmer,Jennessa Rose,Matthew Switzer
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Companies Carousel Productions (II)
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 7.4
ImDbRatingVotes 517069
MetacriticRating 68
Keywords divorce,marriage,unfaithfulness,adultery,marital problem