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Like Crazy Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

No love lost. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    71

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Doremus' elegant filmmaking is key to the appeal of the film, but it would never work as superbly without the wonderfully natural, believable performances and powerful chemistry of the lead actors.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Deeply felt first-love tale offers convincing performances and a fine-tuned storytelling sensibility.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Like Crazy develops slowly, and threatens at first to be just another movie about beautiful young people in the Age of Fraught Relationships. It's much more than that, though. Without belaboring any issues, it speaks volumes about fear of commitment.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Like Crazy tells the truth, simply: Love is thrilling. And - just because of the way life happens - sometimes love hurts.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Moving look at the highs and lows of first grown-up love.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    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.

  • rolemodels true2

    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.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some loud arguing.

  • sex false3

    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 false3

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

  • consumerism false2

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

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and 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.

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