Bland multi-narrative melodrama about various U.S. immigration cases. Brit Gavin Kossef (Sturgess) and Aussie Claire Sheperd (Eve) have outstayed their visas; he keeps his status secret at his new job and she decides to trade sex with sleazy Cole Frankel (Liotta) for a chance at a green card. Meanwhile, Cole's wife Denise (Judd) is an immigration attorney who wants to adopt a Nigerian orphan. Ford's a good-guy immigration agent who takes a paternal interest in a young Mexican mother who's about to be deported and there's also a couple of subplots involving a Bangladeshi teenager writing a naive essay on terrorism and a Korean teen caught up in gang life. The coincidences seem forced and director Kramer wraps things up tidily--unlike real life.
One of the best actors of all time, Sean Penn, was once in Wayne Kramer's Crossing Over. The story behind why he's no longer in the film reportedly goes that he saw the final product and disapproved of a subplot involving an Iranian honor killing. Now, having seen the final ...Read More