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Crossing Over

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Intense immigration drama doesn't live up to its intentions.

Movie R 2009 113 minutes
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age 17+

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age 17+
i am 40 and love harrison ford and these types of movies, but i am unable to enjoy it due to the language and would be appalled if my husband wanted to stay and see the whole movie, as it is inappropriate for him as well! so i think the age rating is absolutely wrong and should be adults only. and at that they should look at what they are putting into their minds and time.
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Kids say: Not yet rated

Crossing Over serves as a great demonstration of how good intentions don't always mean good moviemaking. Having a broad group of characters in a film can often mean that the individual characters seem thin. Directed by Wayne Kramer -- best-known for violent diversions likeThe Cooler and Running Scared -- Crossing Over shoots for the same big, widescreen novelistic sweep as films like Traffic, Crash, and Fast Food Nation, but it lacks a certain gracefulness in its execution. For example, Bishil's teen is foolishly stupid-brave in a way that such an obviously smart kid wouldn't be -- but her foolhardiness does advance the plot toward its conclusion.

The film's plotlines intersect -- some naturally and some with a forced clumsiness -- and much of the movie's closure feels a touch too earnest. Ford is better than you'd think as an aging immigration officer who cares too much, but he's under-used and under-written. Ultimately, Crossing Over is a textbook example of what happens when a movie maker's reach exceeds his or her grasp.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 27, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: June 9, 2009
  • Cast: Ashley Judd , Harrison Ford , Ray Liotta
  • Director: Wayne Kramer
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Weinstein Co.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity
  • Last updated: January 11, 2023

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