Love is an endlessly renewable resource, yet the fuel's so seldom used wisely.
The new film "Like Crazy" strives to capture that head-swiveling sensation of falling, and then falling out, and then back in again, as it pertains to the sense-defying, metaphysically boggling realm of time and space known as "your 20s."
The reason to see it co-stars with
She plays Anna, a highly verbal, naturally sociable Londoner attending college in
To the degree it follows a conventional story, "Like Crazy" is simplicity itself, hinging on a clear mistake. Carefree Anna willfully overstays her visa. For much of the film's 89 minutes, the American and the Englishwoman find themselves separated, forcibly. Jacob, conflict-avoidant and secretive by nature, falls sideways into a relationship with a work associate played by
This is one of the film's strengths. For every yellow-highlighter moment or aren't-they-adorable montage, there's a pang of truth, none more authentic than the chord on which "Like Crazy" lands. Yelchin understands Jacob, a character who drifts in a fog of half-awareness. He's not yet a fascinating actor; Jones, however, is.
She has the added benefit of playing the more fleshed-out of the two leads, interacting regularly with her loving, slightly suffocating parents played by
With its photogenic trips to the beach and frequent, naturally integrated scenes of trans-Atlantic texting, "Like Crazy" unspools like a home movie made by a director in love with the French new wave but no stranger to something a little schlockier -- "A Man and a Woman," say. One of Anna's poems to Jacob contains a line about "the semiprecious eagerness" of what she's feeling.
It's entirely possible, maybe even inevitable, that "Like Crazy" will win over a good many moviegoers despite its bouts of semipreciousness. In the end, I was one of them. True love, the movie seems to say, doesn't answer any question. Rather, it poses a tough one of its own: What are you going to do with it?
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MPAA rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and brief strong language).
Running time: 1:29.
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