Making the Grades
Crazy aptly describes this curious, tragic tale about two intercontinental lovers who become entangled in immigration red tape.
Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) meet on a California campus and almost instantly fall into bed together. We watch their relationship blossom through several musical montages. But after overstaying her student visa, Anna is apprehended, sent back to London and prohibited from entering the U.S. until her ban is lifted. Despite the intent to maintain their long distance relationship, the romance between these two young adults slowly cools as they become involved with new jobs and old friends.
Neither, however, is willing to completely break off their affair. Then during one of his brief visits to London, Jacob and Anna decide to marry in order to expedite her application for immigration to America. Even during the unceremonious exchange of vows in front of parents (Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead), serious doubts surface about this couple’s suitability for marriage. Following an almost awkward wedding night where they drink rather than consummate their new relationship, Anna and Jacob quarrel before he heads home to his furniture business in Los Angeles to wait out her arrival.
Meantime both of them resume serious sexual relationships with people closer to home—Jacob with his work assistant Samantha (Jennifer Lawrence) and Anna with her neighbor Simon (Charlie Bewley). By all appearances, the new lovers know nothing about their partners’ matrimonial commitment.
A sense of despair clouds this script where casual sex happens frequently and alcohol flows freely. Unwilling to acknowledge that distance has redefined their relationship, Anna and Jacob make one poor decision after another, threatening the happiness of both their futures. And unfortunately the filmmakers do nothing to bring a satisfying conclusion to their conundrum.
Release Date: 28 October 2011 (Limited)
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Like Crazy.
Anna decides to ignore the expiration date on her student visa and stay in the country so she and Jacob can spend the whole summer in bed together. What do these actions and her ambition say about her sense of reality? How does a person represent their ability to act as an adult?
What challenges do some international relationships face? How does culture affect the way we see and interact with the world? Why did this couple need to show evidence of their relationship to the immigration office?
Are all long distance relationships doomed? In what ways does Anna’s editor (Finola Hughes) and her husband maintain their marriage while living in different cities? What complexities are involved and what level of commitment is needed for success? Although both Jacob and Anna are sexually involved with other people, why do they each appear to be hurt when the other one is unfaithful?
After introducing Jacob to whiskey, what happens to Anna’s alcohol consumption? Why does she modify her liquor usage?