What if the one person you loved more than anyone was no longer allowed in the country? How do you maintain a relationship with limited financial resources and nine time-zones between you?
Just before graduating from college in Los Angeles, Jacob (played by Anton Yelchin) meets and falls in love with Anna (played by Felicity Jones), an exchange student from London. Her student visa is about to expire, but rather than leave as she is required to, Anna (Jones) elects to spend the summer with Jacob (Yelchin) and returns home only to attend a family function. When she flies back to LA, she is detained at the airport for violating immigration law, sent home, and told she will no longer be allowed to enter the United States at any time for any reason. The couple’s relations strain as the longing and obstacles to communication become more and more insurmountable. Over time, Jacob’s resolve weakens and he begins a relationship with a co-worker, albeit with Anna’s blessing that she later retracts.
As a small, independent film, it took a great deal of time for Like Crazy to arrive in a local venue and even with less-than-stellar reviews from the majority of critics, I was anxious to see it. I should’ve been better prepared for the continuous agony and discomfort the story and its characters brought. There are worse films out there, without question. But there was so much promise and it just didn’t come into being.