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34. 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'
Without a doubt, the best romantic comedy of the year -- maybe even years. Buoyed by a winning cast (Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore), 'Crazy Stupid Love' doesn't try to reinvent the romcom wheel; instead, it revels in the cliches, and makes them feel new by remembering that people want to fall in love with characters when they go to the movies. The results are charming beyond belief. Credit for 'Crazy Stupid Love' goes to directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (for doing their best James L. Brooks impersonation), screenwriter Dan Fogelman (for doing his best Cameron Crowe impersonation), as well as the likable cast. For Gosling completists, this could be his ultimate performance -- a charm offensive that includes many scenes of The Gos sans shirt. Just sayin'. -- C.R.