Like Crazy

Overview

Drake Doremus' romantic drama Like Crazy stars Felicity Jones as Anna, a British girl who comes to America to attend college. In Los Angeles she falls madly in love with fellow student Jacob Anton Yelchin, who returns her affection absolutely. However, when she overstays her visa, the government kicks her out of the United States, forcing the lovebirds to maintain a long-distance relationship and overcome a number of problems to keep their relationship alive.
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Overview

Drake Doremus' romantic drama Like Crazy stars Felicity Jones as Anna, a British girl who comes to America to attend college. In Los Angeles she falls madly in love with fellow student Jacob Anton Yelchin, who returns her affection absolutely. However, when she overstays her visa, the government kicks her out of the United States, forcing the lovebirds to maintain a long-distance relationship and overcome a number of problems to keep their relationship alive.
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Special Features

Deleted And Alternate Scenes; Commentary By Director Drake Doremus, Editor Jonathan Alberts; And Cinematographer John Guleserian
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Some romantic films want you to feel good. They want to threaten heartbreak, but most leave you with a sense that everything is right with the world when two soul mates end up together. Drake Doremus's Like Crazy goes the other route, wanting you to feel the rush, the terror, the exhilaration, and the pain of love from its first flowering to the point when you don't know if it can live any longer. Anna Felicity Jones is a Brit studying journalism at a California college. She shares a class with Jacob Anton Yelchin, a cute design major specializing in furniture. She leaves him a note saying she wants to meet him, they discover they share a love for Paul Simon, and soon the two can't get enough of each other. Their attraction is so strong that Anna chooses to overstay her student visa, and then isn't allowed back into the U.S. after a quick trip home for a family event. Separated by an ocean, the two try to keep their passion alive with phone calls and infrequent visits, but each is tempted by people closer to them, and their little personality quirks that never mattered before grow more and more irritating. It's easy to lay the credit for this wonderfully affecting film at the feet of the lead actors. Yelchin has a quietness about him that's rare for a leading man, especially one so young. He turns Jacob into a tongue-tied manboy whose brain can't keep up with his powerful emotions. His vulnerability is appealing, but when he gets angry, the quietness takes on a dismissive edge that's chilling. In her own way, Jones does the same thing by portraying the ambitious Anna as someone who tries to outthink her emotions before giving herself over to them completely. This dynamic plays out in a phone call between the two in which she convinces him to come to England for the first time. It's a scene full of little moments, as both try to pretend everything is all right and are unable to reveal the truth to each other. The leads aren't the only actors doing excellent work here. Alex Kingston plays Anna's mom, a straightforward, almost embarrassingly honest woman who knows her daughter better than she knows herself, and Jennifer Lawrence impresses as Jacob's assistant and stateside squeeze while Anna is in Europe. But for all the actors' skill, director and co-writer Drake Doremus deserves just as much adulation. He makes the savvy decision to keep these two lovebirds separated in very creative ways. For example, during their first date at a restaurant, Doremus never lets the two of them share the frame -- he uses a wall to keep one of them blocked at all times. It's a smart maneuver, because it gets us to think about these two people as individuals rather than as a couple. Right from the start we're forced to consider that maybe they shouldn't be together, and because of this there's genuine tension throughout Like Crazy -- there's no way to be sure they'll be able to make their relationship work, and occasionally we're not sure if we want them to. We root for them as people, and that might mean we should be hoping that they break up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302062
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Presentation: Color
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 30,376

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anton Yelchin Jacob
Felicity Jones Anna
Jennifer Lawrence , Sam
Charlie Bewley , Simon
Alex Kingston , Jackie
Oliver Muirhead , Bernard
Finola Hughes Liz
Chris Messina Mike Appletree
Ben York Jones Ross
Jamie Thomas King Elliott
Amanda Carlin American Consulate Woman
Barry Sabath Professor
Keeley Hazell Sabrina
Kayla Barr College Roommate
James Messer Delivery Man
Natalie Blair Natalie
Robert Pike Daniel Court Clerk
Jimmy Tamborello Figurine Band Member
Meredith Landman Figurine Band Member
David Forster Figurine Band Member
Iris Taylor Cameron Customs Official #1
Michael Lovett Customs Official #2
Manal Elmasri Customs Official #3
Stephen Young Ticketing Agent #1
Callie Beckmann Ticketing Agent #2
Michael Hyatt Customs Agent
Julian Stone Harry
Eric Satterberg Jacob's Friend
John Weselcouch Jacob's Friend
Michael Reilly Jacob's Friend
David Cuddy Jacob's Friend
Katie Wallack Alex
Julia Montague Kissing Couple
Jason King Kissing Couple
Jo Victoria Russell Girl in Market
Vickie Moss Girl in Market
Dermot Canavan Janitor
Technical Credits
Drake Doremus Director, Screenwriter
Jonathan Alberts Editor
Tiffany Anders Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Eyde Belasco Casting
James Belfer Associate Producer
Brian Buckland Co-producer
Katie Byron Production Designer
Mairi Chisholm Costumes/Costume Designer
Rachel Ferrara Art Director
John Guleserian Cinematographer
Andy Hay Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Henderson Asst. Director
Ben York Jones Screenwriter
Siobhan Mahoney Associate Producer
Marius Markevicius Co-producer
Stephen Nelson Sound Mixer
Dustin O'Halloran Score Composer
Jeffrey Pomeroy Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Rales Executive Producer
Mark Roybal Executive Producer
Jonathan Schwartz Producer
Andrea Sperling Producer
Paul Stanley Sound/Sound Designer
Zygi Wilf Executive Producer
Audrey Wilf Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Truly Awful

    I was very excited to see this film as virtually all reviews were glowing and it had been such a film festival hit; there was even some Oscar chatter...well, I should have known. How many times have I been burned by such accolades to later see the film and go, "WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA?" {"Black Swan" a perfect example}

    I love a lot of indie and arthouse films--but for the life of me, I can't understand what anyone sees in this. {SPOILERS HERE!} A young couple, "desperately" in love, are to be separated as she's English and must go home. As this love is so strong, it can't survive 2 months (in the land of Skype, texting, etc) she ignores the visa and stays past her cut off--and is shocked when she is denied re-entry to the US when she tried to re-enter months later.

    Thus the set up of the "madly in love" long distance couple whose passion is so great they suffer horribly--yet it doesn't stop them from getting seriously involved with other people, ignoring one another, hurting each other--all the while trying to get the visa situation worked out. Oh--then they get married to solve the problem while still carrying on serious affairs and being ambivalent. It goes on and on--and all I wanted to do is scream these people to grow the ^&(&()*)* up and move on.

    The performances are good; the actors do well with imbecilic material (a pillow fight dominates the wedding night?! Lots of monosyllabic dialogue and sulking). It's fun to see a pre-Katniss Jennifer Lawerence play a grown up role (even if it's thankless--she's the constantly spurned 'other woman/doormat')

    Then there's the ending--OMG--this film just ENDS. Stops--with no resolution at ALL. I was stunned--so annoyed I listened to the writer's commentary who congratulates himself on such a wonderful, amibiguous ending because the scene they shot that explained the ending--well, it was better to leave us all throwing a shoe thru the screen for art's sake.

    If you want several reviews--go over to Amazon--there's a whole lot of people who feel like me. This seems to be a "love it or hate it" film--I'm with the latter.

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