Politically Correct Drama
Release Date: February 27, 2009
Runtime: 113 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Director: Wayne Kramer
Producer: Frank Marshall and Wayne Kramer
Writer: Wayne Kramer
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Harrison Ford plays Max, a warm-hearted Immigration officer who tries to help a young mother connect with her son. An Australian actress-to-be trades sexual favors with an Immigration bureaucrat in hopes of getting a green card. A self-professed atheist pretends to be a “religious worker” and pass as a canter at a synagogue. An immigration lawyer wants to adopt a young girl from Africa while trying to help a young Bangladesan teenager detained for pro-terrorist statements. And, if that weren’t enough, an Iranian family becomes nationalized but not before the grown son kills his sister for “being a tramp,” and a Korean teenager turns to a life of crime on the eve of his nationalization ceremony.
Each of the characters which are in jeopardy are in the United States illegally. Some end up being deported. One dies. Some end up being citizens through deception and some through the legal process.
Like any “message movie,” the plot in CROSSING OVER takes over. Characters do things and say things to get the politically correct messages across. Because there are so many different stories and they often only cross peripherally, there is rarely enough time to get to know the characters or to care about them. The filmmakers have chosen message over entertainment, or even good storytelling, and have delivered a heavy-handed drama that is short of character and emotion and long on speeches and implausible plot points.
The politically correct messages cannot be missed. The various worldviews are presented of different characters ranging from atheism to Islam to humanist. Some characters are more sympathetic than others. Even though there are characters (the Korean family) who are glad to be nationalized, the nationalization ceremony is intercut with scenes and flashbacks of violence, and there is even a level of sarcasm as the judge says that America is a “welcoming” country. The only villain is “the system,” which requires that the characters follow the law.
There is much foul language, alcohol, illegal drugs, violence and scenes of nudity and sex. Much caution and discernment will need to be exercised if electing to see this movie.
Each character in jeopardy here is an illegal immigrant. Like any “message movie,” the plot takes over. Characters say and do things to get the politically correct messages across. There is rarely enough time to know the characters or care about them. The filmmakers have chosen message over entertainment and delivered a heavy-handed drama short on character and long on speeches. There is much foul language, violence, and excessive scenes of nudity and sex.