Ryan Gosling is a serious actor who makes serious movies. He’s not just some Hollywood hunk for hire!
Wha – oh. Scratch that.
In Crazy, Stupid, Love Gosling plays a young womanizer who tries to help a hapless middle-aged stuffed shirt (played by Steve Carrell) save his marriage. Along the way, he also happens to take his shirt off multiple times.
Let it be said that I have no problem with the objectification of Ryan Gosling. That may seem hypocritical, seeing as I decry the amount of actors who settle for easy, hollow movie roles. But let’s consider the past roles that Gosling has taken on (as spoiler-free as possible):
- The Believer – neo-Nazi
- The Slaughter Rule – neglected teenager
- Murder By Numbers – murderous teenager
- The United States of Leland – (possibly) murderous teenager
- The Notebook – tortured romantic separated from his true love for years
- Stay – suicidal college student
- Half Nelson – crack-addicted history teacher
- Fracture – tireless investigator on the heels of a murderer
- Lars and the Real Girl – lonely, strange man who befriends a blow up doll
- All Good Things – deeply sinister and corrupt business man
- Blue Valentine – miserable, balding father in a crumbling marriage
I think the dude has earned the right to have a little fun and take his shirt off once in a while. I’m certainly not going to complain.
And on top of that, Crazy, Stupid, Love actually looks pretty good. Yes, it looks like a somewhat standard rom-com, but it at least looks like it’s done well. And I would go see pretty much any movie with Gosling, Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon. That’s a mighty fine cast.
I’m already cheering for Gosling and Stone’s relationship, and Carrell and Moore seem like a very believable married couple. It looks funny and cute, and sometimes that’s enough.
(I also really like the use of Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” and Muse’s “Black Holes and Revelations” in the trailer. Good music has been known to bring out my biases.)