Crazy, Stupid, Love film paired with soul-soothing bar food

Image: Chow

Image: Chow

Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling & Julianne Moore

Rating 9/10

Plot in a flash:

– Childhood sweethearts Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore) decide to break up after Em reveals she’s had an affair with office hotstuff, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). Their son gets a crush on the babysitter who has her own crush on Cal.
– Meanwhile, super-hotstuff, Jacob Palmer (Gosling) tries to pick up super-smart lawyer-to-be, Hannah (Emma Stone) who rejects him. Then Jacob notices a depressed Cal in the bar and decides to give him a man make-over so he can reclaim his life and get a girl or two or three, which he does.
– Hannah realises that her boyfriend is boring so she hunts down Jacob who she falls madly in love with and vice versa, while Cal gets dressed in nicer duds and shows off to his estranged wife who now thinks he’s actually not too bad.
– Things get complicated, relationships seem like they’re coming together and then they don’t and then they do! And everyone learns deep, emotional, (not being snarky here) lessons and realises how cool they all are to each other.

Recipe 1:

Every bar needs some delicious food for people like Cal to soak up all those Vodka Cranberries! So, I’m going all out with savoury ONLY food (can you believe it) that I imagine Cal and Jacob would share as they exchange worldly, womanly ideas with each other. For starters we’re making Chipotle Popcorn Chicken from Yummly.

Image: Yummly

Image: Yummly

Review in a flash:

This movie was such a big surprise. I’m no film snob really! I’ll watch any fluffy Hollywood movie as long as it has great characters and an interesting storyline, oh and throw in a twist or two and I’m one happy girl. What’s not to love about this movie? There’s Steve Carrell, Ryan ‘Hotstuff’ Gosling and one of my favourite actresses, Emma Stone.

It’s got universal appeal because it’s about relationships and we’re all in one or two or three, aren’t we? It’s got a make-over and Gosling to make the ladies happy and really funny lines and performances to please everyone. There’s Kevin bloody Bacon for crying out loud and Julianne Moore. It’s really such a fun, deep, enjoyable movie which is why I’ve given it 9/10. Watch it for yourself…

Snack 2:

Rub your hands together with excitement because we’re cooking up a super-cool bar-worthy menu, you’ll love! Next it’s a recipe that’s been a hit on the streets (via funky food vans) of L.A. It’s Korean Style Tacos with Kogi BBQ Sauce from Steamy Kitchen.

Crazy, Stupid, Love trivia:

  • Budget – $50 million
  • This was Josh Groban’s film debut (he’s also in Muppets Most Wanted in a pretty funny role)
  • In real life, Stone is only three days older than Analeigh Tipton (who plays the ‘teenage’ baby sitter)
  • You can tell who Marisa Tomei’s character really is by looking closely for her bracelet in the earlier scenes (*tap-finger-to-nose-and-squint-eyes-knowingly*)
  • Emma Stone’s movie before this one was based on The Scarlet Letter which features in this movie.

Recipe 3:

It feels weird not ending with a sweet but I’ll crack on! After all, no one wants to eat chocolate or puddings with their cocktail, do they? Well I don’t think so. Our last dish is a bar classic, Barbecue Chicken and Coleslaw Potato Skins recipe from Chow.

Image: Chow

Image: Chow

What other ‘fluffy’ Hollywood movies do you like to indulge in?

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