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Like Crazy

Immigration red tape threatens to strangle the romantic relationship of a young couple when Anna (Felicity Jones) from London is forced to leave Jacob (Anton Yelchin) from America because she didn't heed the expiry date on her visa. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C- 1.5
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 89
Theater Release: 18 Nov 2011
Video Release: 06 Mar 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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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)

Like Crazy is rated PG-13: for sexual content and brief strong language.

Director: Drake Doremus
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence
Studio: 2011 Paramount Pictures
Website: Official site for Like Crazy.

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