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Watch: Ryan Gosling Gives Steve Carell A Makeover In Charming Trailer For 'Crazy Stupid Love'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 6, 2011 6:35 AM
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It doesn't get much more star studded than this. The Steve Carell dramedy, "Crazy, Stupid, Love." has lined up a killer ensemble cast including Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, singer Josh Groban and Analeigh Tipton, and in the first trailer for the film, it looks like everyone is in top form.

Directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (the duo behind "Bad Santa" and "I Love You Phillip Morris") and written by Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Bolt"), the picture centers on Cal (Carell), who's life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis (his adulteress wife Moore and her fling; Bacon) and tries to manage his relationship with his children. He's taken under the wing of a smooth-talking ladies man (Gosling) who helps him regain his confidence while also falling head-over-heels in love with Hannah (Stone). And if that isn't enough, there is a whole other plot thread based around Cal's son who is dealing with a crush on his babysitter. It seems like a lot to handle but thus far, we are loving everything we see in this. Gosling walks away with the trailer, throwing all kinds of old school movie actor charm all over his character. Carell and Moore, unsurprisingly, pretty much nail their respective parts while Stone still shines in a role she can pretty much sleepwalk through at this point. But the overall tone and vibe completely won us over and we're pretty damn excited (huge extra points for the "Twilight" dig).

"Crazy, Stupid, Love." opens on July 29th; check out the synopsis and trailer below (or in HD at Apple).

At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream--good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren't the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal's 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.

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  • Sean | April 7, 2011 5:17 AMReply


    Come on. Let the this site praise the actors/directors/writers/films that deserve praise. Sure he in a predictable rom-com with some generic jokes, but it's a nice change of pace for an actor always playing subdued, reserved characters.

    And so what if they're praising him. They also put Herzog on a pedestal, in which everybody fucking should.

  • Sean | April 7, 2011 4:56 AMReply

    Looks funny. Surprisingly.
    Good cast (Carell, Moore, Gosling, Tomei, Bacon). Too bad Stone is in it. She seems to suck the comedy out of everything.

  • computerharvey | April 7, 2011 2:43 AMReply

    @ DuluozGray, this really isn't a predictable rom-com like you would think. My first thought was the same as yours but I went to a pre-screening and it was REALLY good. I especially loved the end, which wasn't predictable at all. I think you should give this movie a try, you won't regret it.

  • ahhhhhh | April 7, 2011 2:17 AMReply

    Young Hercules is sex on a stick. Don't be hating. The Playlist peeps have eyes. Can't be blaming them for drooling over Young Herc. That's a fit, tasty looking man and talented too. Yum. Playlist is just giving him his due.

  • DuluozGray | April 7, 2011 1:46 AMReply

    I can't believe the crap this site pimps sometimes. Really, an awful, unfunny rom-com? Is this what it has come to? You're telling me you're actually LOOKING FORWARD to sitting through this tripe? Did you not just see the trailer?

    I guarantee the movie ends with 30 minutes of the most syrupy, treacly sitcom level drama, but you know, with a few jokes thrown in to remind everyone it's still a comedy.

  • Nicolas | April 6, 2011 10:17 AMReply

    This is Gosling's year, this followed by Drive and Ides of March OMFG...

    Keep the good word Kevin, I like reading you!

    Crazy Stupid Love

  • A DUDE | April 6, 2011 8:54 AMReply

    It's okay to have a man-crush on Gosling. I met him once in LA at a concert.

    Pretty sexy dude. Jealous of how effortless cool he can be.

  • Gilles | April 6, 2011 8:27 AMReply

    Something strange is going on here....

  • Ryan | April 6, 2011 8:00 AMReply

    Yo guys, not for nothing, but Kevin and the rest of the writers do a lot of work putting together this site for us to read everyday, so I don't think it's too much not to hide behind fake names and talk shit. Let's be a little civil.

  • OMG GOSLING | April 6, 2011 7:44 AMReply

    Oh Kevin, your Gosling-obsession IS what makes you elitist, don't you see :-)

    I'm just surprised you didn't call his performance in this trailer a "FEARLESS EMOTIONAL GUT PUNCH OF EMOTION"

  • HItchens | April 6, 2011 7:28 AMReply

    Yep, looks like a cross between Hitch and the dude Richard Jenkins played in Hall Pass, but, you know, made for girls and their moms who are getting over Taylor Lautner.


  • rotch | April 6, 2011 7:24 AMReply


    It was a joke. I loved all the musical choices except Muse and I think the trailer is a great piece of work as a whole.

    Sorry for the comment.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | April 6, 2011 7:21 AMReply

    You guys are hilarious. You call us snobby elitists on one hand but anytime we have passion for an actor or project, we're sucking somebody's cock. Can't win, can we?

  • OMG GOSLING | April 6, 2011 7:20 AMReply

    Ryan, nothing against him, but look back on any news related items to "Drive" or "Blue Valentine" and now this.

    Playlist writers seem like they are in a contest to who can say the most complimentary things about Ryan Gosling, who by any standards, is a good actor but any time he says something or does anything, The Playlist turns into a 13-year old girl with Gosling as it's Beiber.

  • ken | April 6, 2011 7:14 AMReply

    I was the trailer editor. I thought I did some fine work here, jerk. Next film trailer I'm editing will have a beatles song and a lil jon song and the last 20 seconds of the trailer will be that lameass Peter Gabriel song that's always played during the sentimental part of any trailer ever made in Hollywood.

  • Hayden Maxwell | April 6, 2011 7:12 AMReply

    This is going to be a crowd pleasing hit

  • rotch | April 6, 2011 7:03 AMReply

    Wow, this looks great, even if it has strange echoes of Will Smith's Hitch (but funny). And what an awesome cast.

    Also, what kind of sick, perverted trailer editor dares to use Grizzly Bear and Muse in the same spot? That juxtaposition almost made me want to puke.

  • Ryan | April 6, 2011 7:02 AMReply

    Who do you like, OMG GOSLING?

    Trailer looks awesome.

  • BuntyHoven | April 6, 2011 7:02 AMReply

    Yeah, that looks alright. But isn't the Twilight thing a carbon copy of Paul Rudd going to see Spider-Man 3 by himself and lying to his wife about it in Knocked Up?

  • Liana | April 6, 2011 6:52 AMReply

    The plot is a little tired, but love Ryan and Julianne in comedies. Let's make fun of Twilight is so old, they suck, we know.

  • OMG GOSLING | April 6, 2011 6:47 AMReply

    oh god, a new Ryan Gosling movie, cue up the ridiculous, over-the-top praise from the Playlist....

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