So I have been disposed to find the title of the new Steve Carell/Julianne Moore vehicle (the one with the words crazy stupid and love in it), I don’t know, lame at best. A little been there, Eat, Pray, Loved that.
And also, I’d like you to note, without commas in the ad. So I definitely did a doubletake when I saw the title referred to in text as Crazy, Stupid, Love. I mean, what’s with all the commas? (And oh yeah, that’s a period at the end of the title, too.)
That there were any commas at all came as kind of a surprise to me after seeing the ads, but that there were two commas seems, I don’t know, odd. It’s not like Eat, Pray, Love, in which a series of like things is divided by commas. With two adjectives and a noun (or a verb), it doesn’t stand up as a series. Are we not meant to think that crazy and stupid are adjectives that modify the noun love (in which case Crazy, Stupid Love would suffice)? Or are crazy, stupid, and love three nouns, as in, she is bringing the crazy, she is bringing the love, and she is bringing the stupid?
And I’m not alone. A quick search brings up many questions, but few answers. These guys don’t have any problems with it, but Nathan Heller at Slate refers to it as “the hair raising savagery of the second comma” (yowzers). Oh, what does it mean?