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Crossing Over

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity.
not reviewed
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1 hr. 53 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
February 27, 2009 (limited—9 theaters)
DVD: June 9, 2009
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Featuring: Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Summer Bishil, Cliff Curtis, Alice Eve, Alice Braga, Melody Khazae, Merik Tadros, Justin Chon, Marshall Manesh, Tim Chiou, West Liang, Josh Gad, Jose Perez, Aramis Knight, Lizzy Caplan, Jaysha Patel, Claudia Salinas, Lee Horsley, Kevin Alejandro, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Kenny Copeland Jr., Ogechi Egonu, Michael Esparza, Chil Kong, Leonardo Nam, Nina Nayebi, Johnny Young, Tim Coyne, Chioke Dmachi, Aura Figueiredo, Chrissie Fit, Daniella García-Lorido, Ryan Gesell, Jamison Haase, Terence Bernie Hines, Fia Perera, Mary-Jessica Pitts, Deborah Puette, Greg Wendell Reid, Gigi Rice, Marque Richardson II, Lawrence J. Russo, Tammin Sursok, Kathy Uyen, Rey Valentin, Mona Weiss, Shelley Malil, M.C. Gainey, Michael Cudlitz, Christopher Murray, Maree Cheatham, Bob Rumnock, Kevin Sizemore, Don Scribner, Mark Alexander Herz, Lavetta Cannon, Roger Marks, John Rhymes
Director: Wayne Kramer
“Running Scared,” “The Cooler”
Producer: C.O. Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Road Rebel, The Weinstein Company, Michael Beugg, Wayne Kramer, Frank Marshall, Gregg Taylor, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / The Weinstein Company

“Every day thousands of people illegally cross our borders… only one thing stands in their way. America.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. Explores the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter terrorism and the clash of cultures.

Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In ‘Crossing Over,’ writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find—and create—in 21st century L.A.

Kramer’s intersecting stories, both cathartic and tragic, are brought to life by an international ensemble.”

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Positive—The movie, “Crossing Over,” was an insight into people’s lives which some of us seldom see or hear about in our own protected world. It helped to see people from a different angle, from their side. Immigrants are people just like anyone else, and God is the judge of their hearts as well as ours.

There was nudity and sex, maybe too explicit for some. Here, it was simply portrayed in a very realistic way. This movie shows these peoples' lives and struggles, including the challenges which the patrol officers have to face every day. Some were hardened to it, but others, like the main actor, Harrison Ford (Max), had a heart that felt for these people, especially those who had entered the country illegally, but had families to feed and were simple people, like the Mexican woman, Rosa.

One day we’ll all give account to God for the people who He put in our path, wanting us to reach out to them with God’s love, encouraging them, praying for them, instead of judging them or thinking they’re too bad, sinful, dirty or whatever it is that impedes anyone from helping them in the same way you’d help anyone else.

If you’re looking for action and fun or a family movie, this is not one for you to watch. It would be only for mature, discerning adults, and even then, not for everyone.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
Jan, age 58 (Guatemala)
Neutral—This movies does have some gratuitous nudity. Just don’t watch it (it wasn’t sexually stimulating). The main thrust of the movie is tolerance and compassion. Don’t just enforce harsh laws. The downtrodden are people too and should be cared for, not exploited. I can’t remember whether the language was offensive or not.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
Michael, age 44 (Canada)
Negative—My comments are simple. If you are a Christian who is sensitive to the Holy Spirit and not wanting a movie filled with language, sex, nudity and violence to quench the Spirit and offend the Spirit… then DO NOT see this movie. I shut it off within 30 min because it was filled with content that easily would offend Holy Spirit. Don’t allow this stuff into your soul, it’s terrible. The beginning of the movie is confusing and all over the place… boring.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
Scott, age 35 (Canada)
Movie Critics
…You can feel the characters being moved around like pieces on a chessboard in “Crossing Over,” an overweeningly deterministic mosaic of U.S. immigration case studies. … the way the picture dwells almost exclusively on cinematically exploitable elements—gangbanger crime, prostitution, honor killing, terrorism paranoia—gives it a sordid patina that even the classy, able thesps can’t offset. …
Todd McCarthy, Variety
…Just when you thought it was safe to avoid “message” pictures and Oscar hopefuls…
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
…If Mr. Kramer’s outrage felt honest, his film would be easier to respect. …
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
…Heartfelt but heavy-handed critique of American immigration policies. …
Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
…so eager to go for the emotional jugular that it never quite forges an enlightening point of view. …
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly