If you’re heartbroken and in need of a good cry, this film is for you: Like Crazy is a romantic drama starring independent film darlings Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence. And it’s worth every tear you’re going to shed.
Like Crazy (2011): Directed by Drake Doremus; running-time 90mins; starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), Alex Kingston (ER).
What’s it about? British college student Anna (Jones) falls for fellow student Jacob (Yelchin) while studying abroad in the US. On the day of her departure, Anna decides to stay with Jacob, subsequently violating the terms of her visa. The film convincingly portrays the couple’s desperate attempt to make their relationship work and stay in each other’s lives across thousands of miles while trying to overcome the bureaucratic hindrances keeping them apart.
What’s it really about? The existential question whether love on its own is enough and whether it is worth fighting for
- You’re planning a quiet night in on your own or with your best friend
- You’re open to the idea of crying on the inside, quite possibly also on the outside for 90 minutes straight
- With that in mind, if you’re heartbroken, this is the perfect film for you. Especially if you are recently broken-up or have ever had a long-distance relationship: it will relieve you off some of your pain
- You want to see Felicity Jones knock it out of the park once more: her portrayal of Anna, an incredibly vulnerable yet immensely strong young woman, is FEARLESS
- Jones’ performance is only rivalled by Jacob’s “other woman” played flawlessly by everyone’s dream BFF Jennifer Lawrence. Looking back on her performance in Like Crazy, will shut up anyone who ever questioned J-Law’s talent and thus whether her fame and fortune are merited. For although she doesn’t have a lot of lines, or even scenes, she is simply radiant, having completely encapsulated the essence of a girl who is fated to remain second-best when all she wanted was a chance to love a boy with her whole heart
Do NOT pick if:
- You’re in a long-distance relationship and currently feeling very emotional and insecure about its future!!!
- You are planning a romantic night with your boyfriend – it could be a massive buzzkill! Unless your boyfriend is very much in touch with his emotions and likes to ponder on the meaning of love
- You’re out of tissues and/ or are wearing non-waterproof Mascara
- You are in the mood for something fun and uplifting
Most memorable scene: On a night out with his friends, Jacob can’t stop thinking about Anna and rings her up for the first time in a long while. Caught off guard by his sudden phone-call, Anna only makes small talk and hangs up. A second later she calls him back in tears, asking him: “Do you want to come over?” to which he happily replies yes.
Most memorable quote: 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.
Where do I know them from? You’ve probably never heard of him before, but Anton Yelchin is an Indie GOD, having also starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence in Mel Gibson’s cookoo drama The Beaver and as an uninspired musician in Rudderless. If you do in fact recognise his face, it’s probably because you know him as Chekov from the new Star Trek films. Yelchin’s on-screen sweetheart Felicity Jones, too, is a prodigy in her own right, having starred in several British productions, including three literary adaptations: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Brideshead Revisited with James Bond’s quartermaster Ben Whishaw, with whom she also co-starred in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In 2014 Jones received both a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her role as Stephen Hawking’s wife Jane in The Theory of Everything.
Where can I watch? Like Crazy is available for streaming on Netflix Germany, Austria, Brazil and UK and