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8 Movies like Crazy Stupid Love: Ordinary Made Extraordinary

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tom_cropperWatching movies can be a fantastic form of escapism, but sometimes, it’s when ordinary people face ordinary challenges that they’re at their best. ~ Tom Cropper

Crazy and Stupid

“Sometimes we all do stupid things for the ones we love.”

What if you find yourself in your forties and suddenly single? This is what mild-mannered goof ball Steve Carrel has to put up with in this film.

No sooner is the movie underway than his wife admits to an affair and he finds himself out on his ear. However, as luck would have it, he runs into smooth-talking cad Ryan Gosling, who promises to school him in his lothario ways.

Films like this tend to be lumped into the category of rom-com – which mean most men will avoid them like the plague. However, ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ is so much more; it’s at times witty, tender, and occasionally tragic, but will leave you feeling much better about life at the end. Here are a few more movies like ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ which do much the same thing.

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Movies similar to Crazy Stupid Love

‘Stuck in Love’ (Josh Boone, 2012)

“First loves and second chances”

Greg Kinnear stars as a celebrated writer who’s obsessed with two things – his children following his footsteps, and his wife. Since she’s played by Jennifer Connolly, that’s perfectly understandable. Meanwhile, he has a nice blonde ‘friend with benefits’ to keep him company, so life can’t be too bad.

This follows the same arc as ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ – we have a down on his luck main character with a dysfunctional family who turns things around, thanks to a quick make over and a change of perspective.

It’s great as a standalone piece and while Kinnear has some bumps along the way, it’ll leave you smiling in the end. For more movies like ‘Stuck in Love’, click here.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 100%
A hapless middle aged man who gets a makeover to turn his love life around – it’s got all the ingredients that make ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ great.

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`American Beauty’ (Sam Mendes 1999)

“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I can’t take it”

While ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ never aspires to be anything more than a fun romp, ‘American Beauty’ is a film with much grander aspirations.

Kevin Spacey is a man experiencing the mother of all mid-life crises: his wife is having an affair and his daughter seems to hate him. All in all, he’s set on a downward spiral which you know isn’t going to end well.

Even so, there are still plenty of laughs to be had along the way, and though the ending is traumatic, it still manages to bring a little hope.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 80%
One for the serious film buffs, this movie still delivers all the laughs, drama, and emotion of ‘Crazy Stupid Love’.

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`Looking for Eric’ (Ken Loach, 2009)

“I am not a man, I am Cantona!

In this Ken Loach gem, you have Steve Evets as the loser Manchester United fan who can’t seem to get anything right. He’s fighting clinical depression while struggling to care for a step son who seems set on a life of crime.

The solution – a mental reincarnation of Eric Cantona who helps him rediscover his mojo, get that girl back, and even take on some of Manchester’s more frightening gangsters.

A great film, and if you’re not strolling out of there with your collar turned up shouting ‘I am Canton’, then you’ve a heart of stone.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 80%
It’s a British film: guaranteed to be funny, and as poignant as you could possibly want.

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`40 Year Old Virgin (Judd Apatow, 2005)

“Better late than never”

This one is great because it once again has Steve Carrel doing what we’ve come to expect of him. He’s the 40-year-old who’s never slept with a woman.

Katherine Keener is the prize if his friends are able to coach him into getting the lady of his dreams.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 60%
A much more gross out comedy than ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, but if you like Steve Carrel doing his bumbling buffoon impression, then you’ll eat this for breakfast.

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`As Good at it Gets’ (James L Brooks, 1997)

“I’ve got a really great compliment for you – and it’s true”

While Steve Carrel ploughs the ‘nice guy’ farrow, Jack Nicholson is anything but. Here, he plays an obsessive compulsive writer with a healthy disdain for just about everyone (with the possible exception of Helen Hunt, who works at his local café).

His life gets thrown into turmoil when his neighbour, Greg Kinnear, finds himself the victim of a robbery. As he recovers in hospital, he finds himself the unwilling guardian of Greg’s dog, which predictably begins to change his outlook on life.

Some great one liners, and a genuinely sweet film – a must watch for everyone.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 50%
Sharp lines and some great laughs cover a more serious undertone, as Nicholson shows that it doesn’t matter how old or unpleasant you’ve become, there’s still someone for everyone.

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`Adventureland’ (Greg Mottola, 2009)

‘Long hours, low pay and high times’

Heading to the other end of the age spectrum as Jessie Eisenberg plays the role of a teenage geek attempting to hit it off with Kristin Stewart.

Laughs are aplenty, but at its heart, this is a deeply emotional film which compares the struggles of both the older and younger characters.

Find some other comedy-drama movies like ‘Adventureland’ here.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 40%
A different age group here, but the same humour and warmth. If you loved ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, you’ll enjoy this.

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If you like Crazy Stupid Love you will also like…

If you’re looking for other films like ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, here are a couple of bonus ideas. They may not be exact matches, but these two will send you home with that familiar warm glow in your stomach.

`One Day’ (Lone Scherfig, 2011)

“They’re friends with benefits taking everything life throws at them’.

Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, this is the story of one couple who meet while at university. It follows them on the anniversary of when they met throughout the next 20 odd years. While they’re just good friends at the start, it won’t take a genius to work out what’s going to happen.

It won’t split any sides, but it’s still a warm, feel good movie that will make you smile.

The endings to both these movies are as feel good as it gets!

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`Play it Again Sam’ (Woody Allen, 1972)

“This could be the start of a wonderful friendship’

We’re going back in time for this one with this little known Woody Allen film from the seventies.

Woody plays the awkward misfit who’s a loser in life until he gets help from an imaginary Humphrey Bogart. It’s not very realistic, but you’ll be too busy laughing to care.

Nobody plays the misfit better than Woody – and here, he proves it yet again.

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What films get you going?

So, here are a few films to add to your list, but what ones have we missed? ‘Friends With Benefits’, maybe? I agree. Click here for great similar movies.

Are other films like ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ you’d like to share?

If so, please add them to the comments below.

These days Tom Cropper is normally found writing about money and ethical issues and finance for people like Go Compare and the Guardian. However, he started his career many years ago writing about film for a small and sadly defunct indie paper called the Soho Independent. Since then he’s written for various movie websites and, when he’s not trying to explain the nuances of insurance to people spends his time trying to dig out obscure movies from far flung parts of the world.
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