Like Crazy (2011)

“I don’t feel like I’m part of your life. I feel like I’m on vacation.” – Jacob

Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Nov 2011 and 24 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two students meet in university and spend the summer together despite the fact that the woman’s visa in the US has expired which causes them lots of problems afterwards.

My Take on it – Great premise that just doesn’t work at all here.

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin are both great actors but they aren’t given enough to help make the audience care more about the characters or their relationships.

The story unfolds in a very jarring fashion as it skips forward in time over and over.

The characters have to keep starting and stopping their lives along the way and it makes it all feel less realistic in the way it is all presented.

The supporting cast is also great with Jennifer Lawrence and Alex Kingston playing integral characters in the lives of the two leads.

The story is told in a relatively rapid way and don;t allow for the full development of their characters or their relationship which is really a shame because they could have done so much more to help make us believe it all.

As much as I wanted to believe the romance between these characters, they just don’t give us enough of a reason to do so.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the Toronto International Film Festival (2011), the director admitted that much of the movie was improvised. The script outlined what would happen, but Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin improvised much of their dialogue. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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2 thoughts on “Like Crazy (2011)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 2011 | MovieRob

  2. I can understand the low score; however, I absolutely love this movie. It is definitely one of my favourite roles for both Jones and Yelchin. Most romance movies are all about happy endings, yet this was just so different on so many levels. Love takes work, and long-distance is never easy. I think my favourite aspect is how real and natural it all felt. I remember the film wasn’t released in the major theatres here, so I had to go to a small independent theatre to watch it.


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