Crossing Over

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Crossing Over
This egregious, vaguely Altmanesque moral panic multi-strander marks a case of diminishing returns for director Wayne Kramer (‘Running Scared’, ‘The Cooler’). It views like a neurotic instructional video for immigration etiquette in the US, with the numerous interweaving tales all culminating in bathetic, ‘oh the humanity!’-type denouements that don’t make for particularly engaging ‘political’ cinema. In the mix we’ve got an Australian soap star with visa troubles, sleazy green card bigwig Ray Liotta , solemn and conflicted immigration enforcement officer Harrison Ford and a young Asian teen being indicted by the Feds for her history essay on the 9/11 attackers. Any one of these stories, if properly fleshed out and shorn of contrivance, would have made for a perfectly serviceable film. Instead, we have lots of hysterical little bits of nothing much.

By: David Jenkins


Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday July 31 2009
Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Wayne Kramer
Screenwriter: Wayne Kramer
Cast: Harrison Ford
Ray Liotta
Ashley Judd
Alice Braga
Jim Sturgess
Cliff Curtis
Summer Bishil
Alice Eve

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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I actually thought the film was pretty good. OK, so the story lines could have perhaps been fleshed out a bit, but generally I thought they worked pretty well. The performances were great and I thought the camera work was brilliantly executed.


I don't believe you even saw this film. Probably just read a whole bunch of Rotten Tomatoes reviews. It's not the Asian kid who has visa problems for writing a pro-911 terrorist essay, it's the Bangladeshi girl. The Asian kid is caught up in gang activity prior to his naturalization ceremony. Your review is so generic and condescending that I suggest intrigued readers seek out other perspectives on a very decent film (despite rumored Harvey Weinstein interference with the cut). One of the better Harrison Ford performances of recent, as well as excellent turns from Cliff Curtis, Jim Sturgess and Summer Bishil as the Bangladeshi girl.