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Like Crazy (2011)

Like Crazy (2011)

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Directed By:  Drake Doremus
Written By: Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones
Stars: Anton Yelchin: Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence
Reviewed By: Tori Yonker
Method Viewed:  Amazon Instant Streaming


This 2011 film, directed by Drake Doremus, is a romantic drama starring Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. Jacob (Yelchin) meets British exchange student Anna (Jones) while she is studying abroad in Los Angeles, and they quickly fall in love after Anna leaves a heartfelt letter on the hood of Jacob’s car. As the plot unfolds, their young love grows; Anna, an avid writer, reads Jacob an eerily foreshadowing excerpt from her journal:

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“I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn’t, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it. I didn’t realize it would sometimes be more than whole, that the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea. Because it’s the halves that halve you in half. I didn’t know, don’t know, about the in-between bits; the gory bits of you, and the gory bits of me.

This quote sums up the entire movie: that first loves are “more than whole,” but you can never really grasp it entirely. It’s both beautiful and disastrous, and sometimes the gory bits never really go away.


Like Crazy - Jennifer Lawrence


Jacob, a furniture design major, in return makes Anna a chair to sit in while she writes, inscribing underneath the seat “LIKE CRAZY.” They then spend a summer together, but when Anna returns to the UK to visit her family, she is detained when she tries to go back to LA because she overstayed her student Visa that summer.

The remainder of the movie is a hodgepodge of long-distance missed calls, breaking up, making up, seeing other people, and trying to figure out how to hold on and let go at the same time.


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This movie is loosely based on the personal experiences of director Doremus and his Austrian ex-wife, who had similar issues pertaining to violating her visa. The style of the film somewhat successfully mirrors a French New Wave feeling; Doremus used only a cheap, handheld Canon DSLR, which gives the movie a hazy, homemade feel. The dialogue is mostly improvised, making it seem much realer and more heartbreaking.


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It was, in my opinion, a refreshingly realistic take on first love, but at times it seemed to be trying too hard to be something original. This film gets a two broken hearts rating.

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Editors Note:  Just want to thank our newest contributor Tori Yonker for her first submitted review.



Comments on this entry are closed.

  • scottydynamite August 3, 2013, 10:18 am

    Welcome Tori,

    We needed a little estrogen in the mix.


    • Adam August 3, 2013, 10:25 am

      Scott she also plays a mean CF on our softball team ;-)

    • Tori Yonker August 6, 2013, 2:36 pm

      Hey thanks!

      I thought this movie would be appropriate for the first estrogen-fused post haha.

  • mummbles August 5, 2013, 7:18 am

    The preview actually intrigued me, and its been in my Netflix queue for a while now.

    • Tori Yonker August 6, 2013, 2:38 pm

      I recommend watching it! I liked it because it wasn’t your conventional chick flick…I won’t give it all away though.

  • Brittani August 5, 2013, 7:38 am

    I really enjoyed this one, but towards the end, I was kind of rooting for them to see other people. The ending made me sad, because I know it’s never going to work out.

    • Tori Yonker August 6, 2013, 2:39 pm

      I think it’s supposed to make you sad, but also realize that there’s life after a first love. They both learned lessons that they can carry over to whatever relationship comes next.

  • Chris August 6, 2013, 8:21 am

    Wow, that last image really looks like the Upstream Color Movie cover.

    • Adam August 6, 2013, 10:39 am

      Upstream Color for Best Picture ;-)

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