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Like Crazy -- A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
Like Crazy -- A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
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Like Crazy -- A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
Like Crazy -- A promo for the romantic drama Like Crazy.

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Director:
Writers:
Drake Doremus (written by) &
Ben York Jones (written by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
27 January 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
I want you - I need you - I love you - I miss you
Plot:
A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
9 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Like Promise See more (142 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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 ... Elliot

Amanda Carlin ... American Consulate Woman
Barry Sabath ... Professor

Keeley Hazell ... Sabrina

Kayla Barr ... College Roommate
Jimmy Messer ... Delivery Man (as James Messer)

Natalie Hoflin ... Natalie (as Natalie Blair)

Robert Pike Daniel ... Court Clerk
James Tamborello ... Figurine Band Member (as Jimmy Tamborello)
Meredith Landman ... Figurine Band Member

David Foster ... Figurine Band Member

Iris Taylor ... Customs Official #1 (as Iris Taylor Cameron)
Michael Lovett ... Customs Official #2
Eddie El Masri ... Customs Official #3

Stephen Young ... Ticketing Agent #1
Callie Beckmann ... Ticketing Agent #2

Michael Hyatt ... Customs Agent

Julian Stone ... Harry (voice)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edy Ganem ... Isabelle (uncredited)
Minka McConaughey ... Michelle (uncredited)

Directed by
Drake Doremus 
 
Writing credits
Drake Doremus (written by) &
Ben York Jones (written by)

Produced by
James Belfer .... associate producer
Brian Buckland .... co-producer
Amy Fallows .... line producer: second unit
Siobhan Mahoney .... associate producer
Marius A. Markevicius .... co-producer (as Marius Markevicius)
Steven M. Rales .... executive producer (as Steven Rales)
Mark Roybal .... executive producer
Jonathan Schwartz .... producer
Andrea Sperling .... producer
Craig Tuohy .... second unit producer
Audrey Wilf .... executive producer
Zygi Wilf .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dustin O'Halloran 
 
Cinematography by
John Guleserian 
 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Alberts 
 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
 
Production Design by
Katie Byron 
 
Art Direction by
Rachael Ferrara  (as Rachel Ferrara)
 
Costume Design by
Mairi Chisholm 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Kato DeStefan .... additional makeup artist (as Robert 'Kato' DeStefan)
Kimberly Graczyk .... additional makeup artist
Akiko Matsumoto .... key hair stylist
Akiko Matsumoto .... key makeup artist
Yusuke Mori .... hair stylist intern
Yusuke Mori .... makeup artist intern
Yoko Nobushi .... additional hair stylist
Yoko Nobushi .... additional makeup artist
Dania Simental .... hair department head
Dania Simental .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Phillip Dawe .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Henderson .... first assistant director (as Matthew Henderson)
Jason Rodgers .... second assistant director
Bryan Stanis .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Caity Birmingham .... additional set dresser
Alexi Gomez .... on-set dresser
Alexi Gomez .... property master
Vanessa Lin .... art production assistant
Julianne Loof .... art production assistant
 
Sound Department
Dennis Grzesik .... sound board mixer (as Dennis Grezesik)
Andy Hay .... sound designer
Andy Hay .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Nelson .... sound mixer
Jesse Pomeroy .... supervising sound editor
Paul Stanley .... supervising sound editor
Jim Ward .... additional re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jose Marra .... visual effects artist (as Jose Luis Marra)
Aaron Peak .... digital effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Acero .... first assistant camera
Joseph Armario .... still photographer: Ruffian Magazine
Armando Ballesteros .... additional gaffer
Ian T. Barbella .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Ian Barbella)
Kelsey Castellitto .... additional second assistant camera (as Kelsey Risdon)
Greig Cowie .... still photographer: second unit
Alex Gabel .... additional second assistant camera
Kelly Meghan Gill .... additional second assistant camera
Fred Hayes .... still photographer
Frank Ishman .... still photographer
Brooks Ludwick .... additional second assistant camera
Brian McDonough .... additional still photographer
Benn Peacock .... first assistant camera: second unit
David Stragmeister .... gaffer
Igor Tochilnikov .... key grip
Scott Uhlfelder .... second assistant camera
Sam Urdank .... additional still photographer
Jeffrey Waldron .... additional gaffer
June Zandona .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Rich King .... extras casting
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting assistant (as Shaughnessy Quinn)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Seaver .... set costumer
Anni Speckheuer .... costume supervisor
Melissa Joy Wilson .... costume intern (as Melissa Wilson)
 
Editorial Department
Dave Canseco .... assistant editor
Aaron Peak .... digital intermediate colorist
Neil W. Smith .... digital intermediate supervisor (as Neil Smith)
 
Music Department
Tiffany Anders .... music supervisor
Francesco Donadello .... music scoring engineer
Nils Frahm .... additional music scoring engineer
Kathrin Mickiewicz .... musician: viola (as Katrin Wickiewicz)
Anna Müller .... musician: cello
Dustin O'Halloran .... musician: piano
Adam Wiltzie .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Alishe Beardeaux .... assistant: Andrea Sperling
Jessica Beiler .... location scout
James Belfer .... product placement
Erika Canchola .... production attorney: Law Offices of Elsa Ramo
Spencer Crossland .... additional location scout
Michelle Delgado .... production coordinator
Mike Groner .... insurance broker: Truman Van Dyke Company
Tim Hsiung .... set intern
Corey Janus .... additional location scout
Jennifer Jeffers-Schwartz .... craft service
Jennifer Jeffers-Schwartz .... food stylist
Rebecca Larsen .... additional location scout
Kojo Lewis .... location manager
Will Orpin .... production assistant: second unit
Benn Peacock .... second unit first ac
Elsa Ramo .... production attorney: Law Offices of Elsa Ramo
Craig Shannon .... key set production assistant
Emily Sperling .... set intern
Travis Vawter .... set production assistant
Jeff Welch .... office production assistant
 
Thanks
Paul Simon .... special thanks
Craig Tuohy .... special thanks
Sean Vawter .... special thanks
Amanda White .... special thanks
Tom Worth .... special thanks
Warren Zavala .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language
Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:14A (Ontario) | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:PG-13 | Netherlands:AL | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46943)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Drake Doremus revealed that in order to get a PG-13 rating some slight changes had to be made to the original cut - mainly the R-Rated language - that premiered at Sundance in 2011.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jacob is sending a text message to Sam in Anna's kitchen, upon being questioned who he is "texting", he sets his phone down in front of the laptop computer on the table and leaves the room. In the next shot, Anna goes to browse his text messages, and the phone has changed its position to the side of the computer instead.See more »
Quotes:
Anna:[on the phone with Jacob] I just have to say one thing and it's really important that you just listen to me. I just... It doesn't feel like this, this thing is gonna go away, it's always there. I can't... I can't get on with my life.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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69 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
Like Promise, 12 November 2011
Author: WaxBellaAmours from The Great Northwest

As the movie's title suggest, I truly wanted to fall in crazy love with "Like Crazy". By the end, I instead just gave it a pat on the shoulder and became more interested in what the stars and director would be doing after the movie than in the film that just screened. In a movie about the complications that ensue when an American guy named Jacob and a British girl named Anna meet in college, fall in love and then eventually are separated when the latter is denied entry back into the US after overstaying her visa, it's never as compelling as it very well should have been.

"Like Crazy", a big hit at the Sundance film festival, is well-made and has some scenes of heartbreaking immediacy that give it considerable promise. Unfortunately it only shines through it's individual moments, but as a whole it lacks a certain emotional center as the main romantic pairing, played by Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, is just not convincing.

Not for lack of trying. Director Drake Doremus has certainly made a lovely film out of a very small budget, and again proves (after his first film Douchebag) that he has a way of coaxing some nuanced performances out of familiar character archetypes. It's refreshing to see a movie where people don't always know the perfect thing to say and end up saying what they actually feel, or feeling unable to say anything at all. And his understated mis-en-scene and on-the-cheap cinematography is quite impressive, bringing a very cinematic atmosphere to "Like Crazy" despite the film's modest means.

For the central pairing, Jones (a distinctly lovely actress with a remarkably subtle face and physical acting style) in particular brings a fascinating duality to her character of Anna: she can feel both warm and reserved, naive but very intelligent and observant. Jones slowly melds what could initially seem like a contradiction into a very real, imperfect human character that you can't quite understand but you can feel remarkably close to, and it's easy to see how someone could be very drawn to her. Anton Yelchin, as Jacob, has the much harder task: his Jacob has an almost too-passive interest in this love affair, but while the character on the page might be too much of a cipher, Yelchin has a clever acting style that suggests there's more to Jacob than meets the eye.

And there's no questioning that "Like Crazy" is a consistiently engaging and intriguing experience. There's just a big problem when the central romance in an in-and-out-of-love story is the weakest part of film. Their relationship ultimately feels completely tied to plot, with no real sense that it would exist off camera. We become interested in Jacob and Anna individually, but never as a couple.

Jacob seems rather unwilling to uproot his life to be with her, or even borrow money from her parents so he can stay the post-graduation summer in England, and it is a bit baffling to wonder how someone as smart (or supposedly smart) as Anna would be willing to overlook his slowly growing indifference and find out far too late that their romance is dying.

There's a bit of suspense later on, as both Jacob and Anna get romantically tempted by someone close to them (by Jennifer Lawerence and Charlie Bewley, respectively), but that plot devolpment ultimately feels as superficial and mechanical as the movie's main immigration predicament. It's more an affirtmation of Lawrence's considerable talents as an actress that she takes a role as contrived as this and ends up making the audience truly feel her heartbreak. Though it's a big problem when we're more torn up over the affair rather than the movie's main romance.

It's not that there isn't a sense of real care and affection between Jacob and Anna, but the movie just doesn't take enough time to let us figure out exactly what exists between the two. It seems like while Anna may be in crazy stupid love, Jacob seems to see it as a passionate summer fling but nothing to change his life for. You end up wishing they would just move on and live their lives rather than root for them to make it through their immigration-complicated struggle, as the feelings just do not seem to be reciprocated. The disintegration of their relationship feels more expected and, frankly, welcome than it is heartbreaking.

Perhaps what's hindering the central romance is that the movie is far too hurried and uneven that it doesn't really have time to show a substantive, organic growth of Anna and Jacob's relationship. The early scenes of Jacob and Anna's romance are far too brief (with an excessive fondness of montages and quick scene cuts) and far too much screen time is spent after Anna's banned from the US that "Crazy" never really has time to breathe. There's never any time to truly reveal what would make these two would-be romantics not only connect but fall passionately in love with each other. Surely it's more than a mutual love for Paul Simon's "Graceland" or rides in go-karts (yep, that's in the movie too).

Perhaps it's a compliment to say that the film should've been a bit longer, but it also means we're left needing more. The movie does have a potentially terrific ending, but too bad the charming but uncogent scenes before make it an afterthought rather than something more potent and emotional. That makes the whole experience just all the more tantalizing and disappointing. We haven't fallen in love with "Like Crazy", we're just enamored with what could've been.

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