“CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE” My rating: B- (Opens wide on July 29)
118 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” isn’t just about cheating. It IS a cheat.
But if you can buy its improbable premise, its jarring and sudden shifts in tone and its desperate desire to be all things to all people, you may find moments of real substance here.
It helps that this romantic comedy from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) features an astonishingly strong cast with several breakout performances.
Suburban husband/dad Cal (Steve Carell) is blindsided when Emily (Julianne Moore), his wife of 24 years, announces she’s been having an affair with a co-worker and wants a divorce.
Sad sack Cal finds himself sitting night after night in a bar bemoaning his fate and watching other people score. An expert in that pursuit is the suave, slick, self-assured Jacob (Ryan Gosling), who goes home every night with a different woman. (more…)
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Posted in New on DVD, Popcorn movies, tagged Adrianne Palicki, Carla Gugino, Elektra Luxx, Eric Stolz, Julianne Moore, Justin Kirk, Kathleen Quinlan, Lucy Punch, Malin Akerman, Marley Shelton, porn star, Timothy Olyphant, Vincent Katheiser on July 2, 2011 |
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Carla Gugino and Timothy Olyphant in "Elektra Luxx"
“ELEKTRA LUXX” (Now available)
I’ll watch Carla Gugino in anything (“Spy Kids” movies excepted); apparently I’m not alone in this.
Which may account for the straight-to-video success of 2009’s “Women in Trouble” and now this sequel, “Elektra Luxx.”
Both comedies feature Gugina — ravishing in blond wig and cleavage-challenging fashions — as Elektra Luxx, a legendary porn star. This new entry finds Elektra retired from the skin game and pregnant with the baby of a recently deceased rock star.
The films — both directed by Sebastian Gutierrez — are story thin and smarm rich. Basically they’re a series of loosely-related comic episodes (more…)
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