I hate it when people prematurely title something the "best ever". I am consciously aware that I am about to contradict the previous sentence with the next... Crazy, Stupid, Love may be the best romantic-comedy of all time! I'm not kidding. Brief summary: Steve Carell's marriage to Julianne Moore is ending (she cheated on him with Kevin Bacon). He gets some lessons on how to man-up by Ryan Gosling (who has the hots for the good-girl, Emma Stone). Got it? Good! Let's go.
What I liked about the film:
Speaking of Yin Yang relationships, so too is the one between Gosling and Stone. She is the lawyer, good girl; and he is the bad boy womanizer. It was nice to see Gosling's character change over the course of the film. Then of course there's Carell and Moore. You know they love each other. You know they've been together a long time. But we also know things must change to make them stay together. Great stuff.
What I didn't like about the film:
Marisa Tomei is in the film and plays one of Carell's post-marriage lovers. Don't worry, I'm not spoiling anything you haven't already seen in the trailer. Well, it turns out she is the 8th grade teacher to Carell and Moore's 13 year old son. Why? It doesn't add anything to the film except for the awkward moment at the parent-teacher meeting with Tomei. I hate when movies do that. I complained about it in my review for The Town; same thing happened. Small complaint, just a pet peeve really.
Great stories lead to great movies... period