“That is such a cliche.” So says Steve Carell’s character as a rain storm suddenly pours down after his lowest moment in Crazy Stupid Love.
If you’ve only seen the trailer (with that overly swelling Muse soundtrack), you might be tempted to say the same about the romantic dramedy, which documents in a semi-Love, Actually style, the various types and stages of L-O-V-E. And indeed, there are plenty of expected and not-totally-fresh feel good moments throughout the film. However, like a solid long-term relationship, there are just enough surprises to keep you not only interested but genuinely excited. Some are crazy (Josh Groban—yes, that Josh Groban—playing a lawyer!?). Some are stupid (Marisa Tomei jumping Steve Carell’s bones with crazy eyed aplomb). But most of it is just, to quote Eliza Doolittle, loverly. Really, really, really loverly.