Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the ... See full summary »
Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter terrorism and the clash of cultures. Written by
When Harrison Ford's character, who is supposed to be an experienced Border Patrol agent, tries to dial the phone number in Tijuana, Mexico, you can see that he dials 1661 and the rest of the number as if dialing within the US. An experienced agent should know that it's an international number and one must dial 011 followed by the country code and the number. In this case he should have dialed 01152661 and the rest of the number. See more »
[in order to convince the immigration adjudicator that he is entitled to receive Green Card, Gavin is requested to demonstrate his familiarity with the Jewish religion by reciting "Kaddish" prayer - a Jewish prayer, most of it Aramic. Since the atheist Gavin has little knowledge of Jewish religion, he recites instead a mishmash of prayers, blessings, hymns and non-religious songs in Hebrew]
Baruch ata, Adonay, melech haolam...
[= Blessed are you, Lord, King of the universe]
Hevenu shalom alechem....
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Apart from the usual movie-movie technology of enhancing a license
plate from grainy dots to sharp numbers, I had nothing against this
movie. I strongly disagree with the apparent consensus and the low
tomatometer rating. Crossing Over is an emotional film, and makes
points that will be unpopular. The film creates empathy for someone we
at first shrink from, namely the 15 year old Bangali girl who inflames
her classmates on the topic of 9/11. She had forgotten what happened to
Bill Maher. Meanwhile Harrison Ford's character Max Brogan gets razzed
for any show of empathy or concern for the people is team have to
process through immigration. He puts a weathered human face on a job
that must be unpleasant. We understand when that climate - peer
pressure - causes him to stop short of helping someone in a timely
fashion, and Ford is very watchable doing the most mundane things as he
confronts the consequences of compromise. I don't feel connections
between the characters are implausible. It gives unity to the overall
comment on community and who should be included and who should not.
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