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Like Crazy
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Mar 15, 2012 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Drake Doremus

Actors:
Felicity Jones
Anton Yelchin

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Anna (Felicity Jones) - a British exchange student living in LA, meets and falls in love with Jacob (Anton Yelchin). The two spend their university days as a blissfully happy couple, but when Annas Immigration Visa runs out, shes due to return to the UK. Foolishly deciding to ignore the Visa, after a trip home Anna is unable to re-enter the US. As a result, the two are forced to build separate lives- but despite the immigration hurdle, they find themselves unable to let go of each other.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
LIKE CRAZY was a film I saw and liked at Sundance back in early 2011. Obviously, I wasnt the only one, with it picking up the Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic feature. Paramount Vantage picked it up for several million dollars in the biggest deal of the fest, and I was sure that LIKE CRAZY had the potential to be a big crossover hit- like 500 DAYS OF SUMMER.

Alas, while the film grossed a respectable $3 million (not bad for an indie), it never really picked up much of a mainstream following- although Felicity Jones was briefly considered a dark horse Oscar contender for her breakout role. Now that its hitting DVD/ Blu-ray, folks will have the chance to catch up with a romantic drama thats far above average.

Back in my original review, I called it BLUE VALENTINE for teens, and to be sure this shares a lot with that film. This is about the end of a love story, and not the beginning of one, so dont expect everything to be nicely resolved by the time the end credits roll. Like life, youre never really sure whether Anna and Jacob will be able to sort out their situation, although it could be argued that if Jacob really loved Anna, he would have emigrated to the UK.

Yelchin and Jones make for a very likable couple, and youll be rooting for them throughout. For Yelchin, this maybe isnt a huge stretch, and I think he might have been a bit boyish for the part- as he was only twenty when this was filmed, and looking it. Jones on the other hand, was already 26, and is easier to accept as the young professional she spends most of the film as (their university days are a tiny part of the movie). Jones really turned a lot of heads with this one, and shes bound to start popping up in larger films within the next year- and many rightly pegged this as a breakout role. As for third billed Jennifer Lawrence- I had a bit of a laugh seeing her name on the DVD box, as her role is really minor (she barely even has any dialogue).

THE EXTRAS
Not much in the extras department, save for a commentary track by director Doremus, and his cinematographer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Director Drake Doremus apparently based a good chunk of LIKE CRAZY on the experience he had with his own ex-wife- who was an Austrian that had problems with immigration. As such, LIKE CRAZY has rawness that sets it apart for the litter of romantic dramas that routinely pop up in theaters. Maybe this mater-of-factness was a little too much for the mainstream- but for those looking for something a little less cookie-cutter than the average romance, LIKE CRAZY is a good one.
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