Racking up frequent flyer miles might not be worth the heartache once you watch these five movies like “Like Crazy” that will make you think twice about long distance relationships. Put your brain in charge before your heart goes AWOL on you.
High school sweethearts get a choke hold when distance separates two lovebirds. “Road Trip” lands on the side of ‘think globally, love locally" with enough laughs to take the edge off a failed long distance romance. Check out the French toast scene in “Road Trip” before you head down the long distance highway because if you’re unwilling to run the risk of tainted breakfast goods for your love, then you might as well keep your heart in the same zip code as your body.
Nev falls for Megan, who turns out to be a façade generated by a woman seeking to live in the world of "could’ve and should’ve" so that her life has additional meaning. Starting only marginally symbiotic, this long distance relationship turns parasitic quickly as lies fertilize more and more lies. The sadness in “Catfish” mimics that in “Like Crazy”, but one is manufactured while the other grew naturally. The few seconds that pass in the scene where a group of friends argues about going down the driveway reveals that powerful tipping point where things are either going to be true or false, and someone needs to make that decision to find out.
“The Next Three Days”.
A long distance relationship has its pains, but in “The Next Three Days”, it’s the addition of prison walls, guards and an upcoming transfer that would put John Brennan’s wife even further away, truly bringing the terror home. This film shows a strong foundation of love and devotion similar to “Like Crazy”, but here you get some shooting to liven up that love. Witness the desperation in Brennan’s eyes as he contemplates robbing a bank to secure funding for their future life and see if that hard gut check makes you rethink prison loving.
McClane doesn’t get much time to process his wife’s emotional distance after he flies from New York to California to visit her and his children before bullets start flying, and his feet start bleeding. By the end of “Die Hard”, McClane saves his wife, but was it worth the plane ticket, the wounds and getting yelled at by very angry Europeans?
“Good Day for It”.
Kicking off with a potential nightmare for any parent, “Good Day for It” becomes a powerful story of a love that’s existed far apart for many, many years. Robert Patrick doesn’t fall into the comfortable role of loveable criminal; instead, he delves into the demons and finally shrugs off his safe isolation for that of potentially dangerous reparations when he meets his daughter. The explanation of why Patrick’s character abandoned his daughter is a dirt-covered gem that both characters slowly dust off layer by layer, making for a sequence of scenes that are as raw as they are intimate.