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Sundance Watch: Drake Doremus Talks Like Crazy Sale, Felicity Jones Breaks Out

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 23, 2011 at 8:31AM

The Sundance Fest's biggest sale so far is Like Crazy, the follow-up film from Drake Doremus, who showed Douchebag here last year. That movie was a minor improv road comedy of the Mumblecore variety. (Speaking of which, SXSW grad Joe Swanberg's first Sundance entry, Uncle Kent, has earned dismissive reviews here.)
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The Sundance Fest's biggest sale so far is Like Crazy, the follow-up film from Drake Doremus, who showed Douchebag here last year. That movie was a minor improv road comedy of the Mumblecore variety. (Speaking of which, SXSW grad Joe Swanberg's first Sundance entry, Uncle Kent, has earned dismissive reviews here.)

Along with Elizabeth Olsen, Young Brit Felicity Jones is the fest's breakout star a la Carey Mulligan. Jones popped as Miranda in Julie Taymor's The Tempest. Hollywood is already onto her; she's rumored to be in the running for Snow White and the Huntsman and is set to star in Page 8.

David Poland grills Doremus and Jones below:

According to my daughter, college student Nora Chute, Like Crazy is:


"an incredibly truthful and accurate portrayal of that first big love. The emotions you feel while watching the movie are the genuine ones from your own past, stirred up by this couple who can't keep their hands off each other. How honest it is also means you know how it's going to end (in a good way). The cons are that the couple are slightly more sappy and annoying versions of most of us, and the film being improvised makes the dialogue more stiff than it is natural. The best stuff is what happens between the two of them as they snuggle fully clothed in bed, and the trajectory of their relationship is spot on."

This article is related to: Festivals, Studios, Video, Sundance, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.