Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Heartfelt dramedy has strong story and characters.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 29 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie's key message is that relationships are living, breathing things that require tending to thrive. Also, you need to take care of yourself first before you can truly care for others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though they're very different, Cal and Jacob form a deep friendship and are loyal to each other.


A man lunges at his friend and attempts to knock him down; he's oblivious to the chaos that ensues.


Couples are shown flirting, kissing, straddling each other (no nudity), making out heavily in bed, and discussing how they'll have sex. Some couplings are played for laughs. A teenager takes risqué pictures of herself to print and give to someone else.


A fair amount of crass language and swearing, including "s--t," one "f--k," "ball sack," "a--hole," "bang," "d--k," "crap," "hell," "damn," and "oh my God."


Some logos/brands are name-dropped or shown onscreen, including Google, AMC, Borders, Sbarro, and Macy's. One character believes that it's important to dress well and invest in luxury products to feel good about yourself (or at least help you get there).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of social drinking at bars and restaurants, sometimes to buzzy excess; one character emboldens herself by drinking before hitting on a guy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this affecting, refreshing dramedy about a man re-entering the dating life after decades and finding himself in the process deals head-on with some mature subjects, including infidelity and the art of seduction. Plenty of scenes show a guy teaching another how to pick up women and then actually doing so. That said, the actual sex scenes, which involve no nudity beyond a guy taking his shirt off and clothed couples kissing and straddling each other, are fairly tame. There's also a fair bit of social drinking and swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and a teen character takes risqué pictures of herself.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDasGinatron November 6, 2011

Decent dramady, but mature themes.

So this movie is decent. However, there are things to consider when letting your kids watch it, or even watching it with them. If your 16-year-old is dead-set o... Continue reading
Adult Written bywonder dove August 5, 2013

PG-13, Really?

This could pass for an R-rated film if they threw in a couple more f-bombs! Really. I got this film as a gift and already expected the content to be raunchy - w... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byzen_movie_critic June 24, 2014

A good film

Maybe a little explicit but at the end of the day if he or she is 13 + its all to do with growing up i guess
Teen, 13 years old Written byPurpleRacoon December 16, 2016

Combination of Inappropriate

Trust me, you don't want to watch this move with your family. To begin with, it will make the entire family awkward and uncomfortable with very crude humor... Continue reading

What's the story?

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) has been in love with his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), since high school, marrying her at 17. So it's no understatement to say that his world falls to pieces when she declares over dinner at a restaurant that she has strayed and thinks she wants a divorce. Cal has no idea how to be single, spending his first few weeks perched on a bar stool at a nightclub he'd passed many times but never had the guts to enter. The entire scene is foreign to him ... until confident Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a certified womanizer who can persuade almost any girl to go home with him, takes Cal under his wing and decides to teach him how to take interest in both himself and other women. But even Jacob isn't immune to the charms of that someone special -- in this case, Hannah (Emma Stone), on whom his usual approach doesn't seem to work. Meanwhile, Cal's 13-year-old son (Jonah Bobo) is in love with his 17-year-old babysitter (Annaleigh Tipton), who happens to be smitten with Cal.

Is it any good?

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE is surprising, engaging, and astute about humans and relationships and nearly everything else that matters. And that's despite the fact that it hews fairly closely to romcom and buddy comedy conventions; it's both, with a huge heaping of drama, too. Carrell and Gosling are fantastic; neither overplays or underplays. Instead, they seem genuinely comfortable in their movie skins, living their roles rather than "acting" them. (It's nice to see Gosling act hilarious for a change.)


Actually, the entire cast is strong, notably Moore as a genuinely bereft, confused, searching woman who has grown tired of the routine but doesn't quite know how to fix it, and Stone, who sells her character with ease -- she's truly gifted. The best part, however, is the story itself. It's finely attuned to the ways in which complacency erodes our confidence and strips us of the urge to learn and discover. Being stuck in one place too long can doom marriages -- and ourselves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays marriage problems. Is it realistic or "Hollywoodized"? How do problems between spouses affect a family?

  • Why is Jacob's seduction formula so successful? Does the movie glamorize this, or is it making a statement about such trickery?

  • A teen character takes some racy pictures of herself. What are the real-life consequences of that kind of action? Parents, talk to your kids about sexting and other potentially inappropriate behavior.

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love romance and drama

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