Like Crazy

  • Review Date: October 28, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Moving look at the highs and lows of first grown-up love.
  • Review Date: October 28, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie posits that you shouldn't shy away from a relationship simply because it's too complicated, because then you'd miss out on all the wonderful things it teaches you: how to relate to someone else who might be quite different from you, how to resolve arguments, the importance of clear and honest communication. It also says that you can accomplish a lot with enormous support from family members.

Positive role models

Anna and Jacob are very human; they make mistakes and they inadvertently hurt others. But they're also very kind and compassionate and are trying to be their best selves as best they can in a difficult situation. Anna's parents talk to her honestly (even about sex) and allow her to be her own person.

Violence

Some loud arguing.

Sex

In some scenes, couples are shown clearly having sex (moaning and groaning, etc.), but the camera focuses on their faces rather than other body parts. Also plenty of kissing and making out. An discussion between a young couple and the girl's parents about safe sex.

Language

Infrequent use of words including "s--t" and "f--k," plus "oh my God."

Consumerism

Some labels/products shown, including the iPhone and the board game Balderdash. Whisky brands are mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A fair amount of social drinking in bars, clubs, and restaurants. Some characters fancy themselves as whisky connoisseurs, and they partake of different labels. Two characters discuss living a healthier lifestyle and cutting down on their drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a beautiful love story about two twentysomethings who meet in college but soon have to navigate a relationship separated by oceans and diverging life paths. Couples are shown (bare shoulders, kissing) and heard (some moans) in intimate moments, but there's no graphic nudity; the movie seems more interested in the feelings between the lovers: how they grow, confuse, distance. There's also some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and mature themes (infidelity and some tricky immigration muck-ups, for instance), as well as a fair amount of social drinking. Characters do discuss cutting back on alcohol, and there's a talk about safe sex.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

A close-up look at first love, LIKE CRAZY follows a young couple -- British student Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin), her American teaching assistant -- who fall madly for each other the year before they graduate from college in Los Angeles. Unable to tear herself away from him, Anna decides to stay after her visa runs out before finally going home to England for the rest of the summer. But when she eventually tries to come back to the States, she's refused at the border, throwing them into a long-distance relationship that's much more difficult to sustain and maintain. To add to the complications, her journalism career has begun auspiciously in London, and his fledgling L.A. furniture business is poised to take off. And there are other distractions. But they can't stay happily apart, either.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you feel like you've intruded into someone else's relationship while watching this Sundance sensation, you're not alone; it's that intimate, that true. Director-writer Drake Doremus and his writing partner shared extensive outlines with the actors but allowed them to improvise their own dialogue through an intense rehearsal period, lending the entire enterprise surprising authenticity -- and deeper heartbreak. Thanks to Jones and Yelchin's prodigious talents, it really does feel like watching two people fall in love -- and, given the hindrances that viewers are made acutely aware of from the onset, we ache knowing they're choosing a very cobbled, potentially treacherous path.

 

What LIKE CRAZY does very well is capture the feeling of your first grown-up romance: how full of possibility it seems, as well as the impossibility of it. And how we plunge in headlong anyway, because what other choices do we really have? The impulsivity of youth has consequences here, but they don't feel forced or affected. You may question the motivations of some of Anna's and Jacob's decisions -- a plot point revolving around how they conduct themselves when they're away from each other is particularly confusing -- but we don't question the characters themselves. For a movie like this to work, that's supremely important. We root for them despite our hard-won wisdom. Isn't that the way it is with a love like this?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Anna's and Jacob's relationship. Is it a healthy one? How does it change over the course of a movie? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values when it comes to sex and relationships.

  • How does the movie depict sex? What about drinking? Are there realistic consequences for both?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 28, 2011
DVD release date:March 6, 2012
Cast:Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence
Director:Drake Doremus
Studio:Paramount Vantage
Genre:Drama
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content and brief strong language

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Teen, 15 years old Written byLittleBlue2 November 6, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

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.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byjowzers April 27, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

Iffy

There is a lot of talk about sex in this movie and some sex scenes. As far as the movie goes it was a little disappointing and I don't think it is worth looking over all of this to see if your child can see it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byterra100 November 20, 2011
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18
QUALITY
 

Makes you think -- what makes love?

My mature 17 year old daughter went to this film with me, and when it was over she said "that was the ultimate hipster movie." While this movie may appear to be for kids, which I'm sure it does appeal to on some level, I actually think this movie is for adults. The 4th act (what you think about after the film) is actually quite adult. You get a flood of young-love memories. You see how different you are now with your decision making. The end of the film has much broader implications than the plot line. Do long-distance relationships kill the relationships? What is love made of? The movie was brilliantly made with $250,000 and shot with a 50-page outline and no script -- all improvised on plot line. But, the film is so well done. It won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance in 2011. I can't say this is the best film I've seen this year -- The Help and The Artist, so far, have been the most fulfilling films I've seen for award contention and personal enjoyment. But, this film does have a lot of honesty and makes you think about your past and present in ways that I didn't expect. The acting is also very physical, which makes it good acting -- something you'll enjoy.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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