Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Like Crazy (2011) [PG-13] ****

Anna (Felicity Jones) is a British college student studying journalism in Los Angeles. As fate would have it she falls in love with Jacob (Anton Yelchin), a college classmate who's studying furniture design. Anna's student visa is due to expire in June, but after she and Jacob spend a romantic weekend on Catalina Island, Anna makes an impulsive decision to stay in Los Angeles for the summer, not realizing that overstaying her student visa will bar her from re-entering the U.S. in the future.

Co-written and directed by Drake Doremus, the success of this micro-budget, independent production depends on the believability of the relationship between Anna and Jacob, and, frankly, I just didn't buy it. Felicity Jones gives an acceptable performance, but Anton Yelchin simply phones in his performance, as though he doesn't really understand his character. As a result, I felt as though I was observing their relationship dispassionately from a distance, and by the film's end I really didn't care whether or not Anna and Jacob stay together, or break up and go their separate ways. I wanted to like this film, especially since it has won several awards, but I was disappointed. [Blogger's rating: *** out of 5 stars.]

The supporting cast includes Jennifer Lawrence (Sam), Charlie Bewley (Simon), Alex Kingston (Jackie), Finola Hughes (Liz) and Oliver Muirhead (Bernard).

Labels: college, drama, romance 
Internet Movie Database 
Metacritic 71/100 
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=65, viewers=68) 

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