Crazy, Stupid, Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love

This week Crazy, Stupid Love hits the big screen - the latest romantic comedy that brings together an impressive cast.

Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone are just a handful of the names that are on show in the Glenn Ficarra & John Requa directed movie.

So to celebrate the release of the film we take a look at some of the best casts that have been brought together for a rom-com.

- Love Actually

Back in 2003, yes it was almost a decade ago, director Richard Curtis brought a stellar cast together for his latest romantic comedy... of course I am talking about Love actually.

The movie followed the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln all come together to become one of the greatest casts ever for this film genre.

As you may expect the movie was a monster hit as the film won over the hearts of audience - taking in excess of $246 million at the global box office.

And from this point the ensemble romantic comedy movie has steadily grown - with some of the industry's biggest stars getting in on the action.

- Valentine's Day

Last year director Garry Marshall returned to the romantic comedy with Valentine's Day as he brought a huge list of big named stars together.

The best of Hollywood seemed to fall over each other in a bid to work with Marshall as Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Kathy Bates and Patrick Dempsy all came together - told you it was a impressive list.

Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.

So it doesn't exactly reinvent the genre of the romantic comedy but this movie delivers a great story as well as plenty of laughs.

The movie was a hit at the box office and Marshal is set to do it all again this Christmas with New Year's Eve.

- He's Just Not That Into You

He's Just Not That Into You hit the big screen back in 2009 and once again a great cast was in show in the Ken Kwapis directed movie.

The Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behaviour.

Based on the best-selling book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo the movie starred Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin

- Bridget Jones's Diary

In 2001 director Sharon Maguire brought Bridget Jones's Diary, the popular novel by Helen Fielding to the big screen.

Renee Zellweger took on the title character as the movie brought together a super impressive cast - showing off some of the best of British.

Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie, Jim Broadbent, Sally Phillips and Shirley Henderson were just some of the faces that found themselves on the cast list.

Bridget Jones's Diary was both a critical and commercial success, Zellweger was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance; but lost out to Halle Berry.

The movie remains a laugh out loud comedy ten years later and there is talk of a third movie in the pipeline.

- Crazy, Stupid, Love

This week Steve Carell is back as he leads an all star cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon.

At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Carell) is living the dream--good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart.

But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels.

Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Gosling).

And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began

Crazy, Stupid, Love is released 23rd September

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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