'Like Crazy' breaks hearts (and breaks big) at Sundance

Like-Crazy-SundanceImage Credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images UPDATE: The film has become Sundance’s first big sale, with Paramount Pictures picking it up for $4 million, according to sources close to the deal.

Like Crazy played, well, like its title during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday afternoon.

It’s the kind of festival film that doesn’t feature big stars, but is likely to create them. The romantic-comedy-drama from director and co-writer Drake Doremus is the story of an L.A. guy and a British girl (Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones) who fall in love during college and spend the next few years struggling to stay together as immigration and work issues wedge a continent and an ocean between them. The mood in the theater was similar to two years ago, when (500) Days of Summer played the same venue and had people crying, laughing, and reaching for the hand of the person next to them — hopefully not a stranger.

Perhaps the only viewers to rush from the theater once the credits ended were studio scouts, and all eyes will be on the inevitable distribution deal this film is able to make. The rest of the audience stayed rooted to their seats, peppering the actors and the filmmaker with questions about the creation of this partially improvised film. Anything this intimate is bound to come from personal experience, and Doremus acknowledged it’s influenced by his own long-term, long-distance relationship. So has the girl who inspired this movie seen it yet? “No she has not — yet,” he said, laughing, from the stage during the audience Q&A session.

Last year, Doremus was at the festival with the warring-brothers comedy Douchebag, though there is universal agreement that Like Crazy is a very, very big departure from that movie’s dark humor.

Early reviews of Like Crazy have been almost as heartfelt as the film itself: Gregory Ellwood of Hitfix.com wrote that Like Crazy “will rock anyone who has had the chance to truly fall in love at one point in their life.  I have no problem admitting I was balling at least four or five times during the film and it was mostly for happy moments in Drake Doremus’ triumph.” Hollywood Reporter critic John DeFore said Yelchin and Jones’ characters’ “first encounters are almost impossibly sweet, so much so that viewers may involuntarily hold their breaths when, under the covers, Jacob eventually asks, ‘what are we going to do after graduation?'”

As with (500) Days of Summer, the cast isn’t entirely unfamiliar, but the actors are showcased here like never before. Yelchin has been in films for years, first as a child in movies such as Hearts in Atlantis, and lately as Checkov in the Star Trek reboot. Jones is a relative newcomer, having co-starred with Helen Mirren in the recent adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Jennifer Lawrence, last year’s Sundance breakout with Winter’s Bone, co-stars along with Charlie Bewley (who plays the vampire Demitri in the Twilight films) as other potential lovers the long-distance couple meet at their loneliest points. Lawrence wasn’t able to attend the screening due to filming of X-Men: First Class, in which she plays the blue shapeshifter Mystique.

Star Trek, Twilight, X-Men, Shakespeare … It’s a nice ensemble for a little movie. “We only cast people in franchises,” joked Like Crazy producer Jonathan Schwartz.

For more, check out Lisa Schwarzbaum’s enthusiastic review of Like Crazy.

Comments (30 total) Add your comment
Page: 1 2
  • downtown diva

    I’m definitely hopeful that this movie will make it to my city. BTW, balling as I think the context indicated should have been spelled bawling. Unless I’m mistaken and the movie was inspiring in a completely different way. :-D

  • Marianne

    Im looking forward to the film :)

  • melissa

    Alright, I bet I’m going to love this movie.

    • Demetrius

      I will hold your hand, Melissa.

      • ktownmessiah

        And I will hold your hand,Demetrius.

      • Evan

        And I will touch your thigh, ktownmessiah.

      • Petunia

        And I will touch myself.

      • Michael


      • Manish

        I must show some appreciation to the wertir just for bailing me out of this particular situation. As a result of looking out through the online world and meeting notions which were not beneficial, I thought my entire life was gone. Being alive devoid of the solutions to the issues you have resolved by means of the write-up is a serious case, and ones which might have badly affected my entire career if I had not discovered your web blog. Your personal competence and kindness in touching almost everything was crucial. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not encountered such a subject like this. I can also at this point look forward to my future. Thanks for your time so much for your high quality and effective guide. I will not be reluctant to refer the sites to any person who needs tips on this issue.

  • chocolateislove

    Haha, I just re-watched 500 Days of Summer tonight and I was in the mood for something like this. Can’t wait to see it!

  • teatroborikua

    Ugh, if it’s anything like the boring, insufferably pretentious, “look, we are a quirky indie” wankfest (500) Days of Summer, I will certainly pass.

  • JenR

    Please, please change “balling” to “bawling.”

  • film4future

    Can’t wait to see this. Felicity Jones was in the wonderful adaptation of Northanger Abbey that aired on Masterpiece.

    • dizzy

      I didn’t know that was her! She was great.

  • dizzy

    It sound like an amazing movie! I can’t wait to see it.

  • Angelina

    I wish to express my aaoreciptipn to the writer for bailing me out of such a dilemma. Just after searching throughout the search engines and getting techniques which are not helpful, I believed my life was gone. Being alive without the answers to the issues you have resolved by means of your report is a serious case, and ones that might have badly damaged my entire career if I hadn’t discovered your web page. Your primary mastery and kindness in handling all areas was useful. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I had not encountered such a stuff like this. I’m able to at this point relish my future. Thanks for your time so much for the skilled and effective help. I will not hesitate to refer your web site to any person who would need counselling about this area.

  • reverbnation

    I used to be recommended this blog via my cousin. I’m now not sure whether or not this submit is written by him as nobody else understand such specified approximately my difficulty. You are wonderful! Thank you!

  • 三相异步电动机|电动机|电动机批发

    Hi there, You have done an incredible job. I will certainly digg it and individually suggest to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this web site.

  • George

    of course like your website however you need to test the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I’ll certainly come again again.

  • Tonsil Stone Cure

    I simply couldn’t depart your website before suggesting that I really enjoyed the usual information a person provide to your guests? Is gonna be back continuously to investigate cross-check new posts

  • שי זמיר

    Attractive component to content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your weblog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing on your augment and even I achievement you get right of entry to constantly quickly.

  • girls porn stuff

    Fantastic items from you, man. I’ve be aware your stuff previous to and you’re just too fantastic. I actually like what you’ve bought right here, certainly like what you are stating and the best way by which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart. I cant wait to read far more from you. That is really a great site.

Page: 1 2
Add your comment
The rules: Keep it clean, and stay on the subject - or we may delete your comment. If you see inappropriate language, e-mail us. An asterisk (*) indicates a required field.

When you click on the "Post Comment" button above to submit your comments, you are indicating your acceptance of and are agreeing to the Terms of Service. You can also read our Privacy Policy.

Latest Videos in Movies


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP