“Crazy, Stupid, Love” has Cal, played by Steve Carrell, desperately needing some attention. His wife is leaving him, and he let himself go in a big way. In steps, Jacob, played by Ryan Gosling, decides to help Cal get over his funk and get back to wooing the ladies. That means a makeover.
This one is less about new clothes and more about getting Cal to realize he still has something to offer after life deals him a bad hand. Button-downs, ties, sunglasses, sweaters, cologne, jeans, and a new haircut help Cal shake off those depressing old thoughts and help him get back to living life.
Time to Update that Old Style
Brendon Fraser's character was pretty out of date in “Encino Man,” since he had been buried in ice for millions of years and all. All that Pauly Shore and Sean Astin needed to get this guy up to fashion speed was some fresh threads and toothpaste, but it's still quite the change. Plus, we get to watch a caveman see himself in the mirror for the first time.
While this movie might be responsible for Pauly Shore's career as a whole, it's still a fine flick, and the makeover was sorely needed. Can't have him going into high school wearing last era's fashions.
A Visible Cost
While “Love Don't Cost a Thing” is mostly just a remake of the eighties film “Can't Buy Me Love,” it manages to do things its own way for a good percentage of the runtime. Just like in the original, there's a makeover sequence for the guy, and we actually get to see a price tag of: 237.79.
Part of the makeover is, for some reason, teaching the main guy Alvin how to properly rub his hands together in a classy way. Well, style is all about confidence and personality when you get right down to it. It might have been the most important part of the scene.
A Makeover for Silence
In“Jawbreaker”, Fern, played by Judy Greer, discovers a group of popular girls have just killed their friend. In exchange for not telling anyone, the clique accepts Fern into their group and gives her a sweet makeover. Still, the makeover is a wild and successful one, and Fern goes from a nerdy nobody to one of the high school's queen bees.
The dark comedy of the plot puts a spotlight on the idea that giving someone a makeover is enough to get rid of all the problems – it clearly isn't, and some new clothes and a haircut aren't going to change the real problems.
The Magic Makeover
When some magic dust hits Jenna Rink in “13 Going on 30,” she immediately changes into the thirty-year-old Jennifer Garner. The “teen” knows this is the perfect opportunity to do something she's always wanted – get dressed up like an adult.
She goes into her closet to find the right clothes and help her look a little more grown-up. The scene has a few weird moments, such as when she talks to the other young girl in the elevator and mentions her new womanly attributes, but it's still fun.