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“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
‘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.
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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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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