Crazy/Beautiful

2001

Crazy/Beautiful

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The story is not new, but the film gets credit for trying to move away from the genre's cliches. Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jay Hernandez give believable performances.

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The +Romeo and Juliet story has been modernized to a high school setting previously, but this romance from director John Stockwell turns the tale inside out. Jay Hernandez stars as Carlos Nunez, a poor but athletically gifted Latino teenager who endures a two-hour bus ride every day from East L.A. to attend the posh, wealthy Pacific Palisades High School in Los Angeles on a football scholarship. A straight-A student, Carlos is focused and driven, but his future is cast in doubt when he becomes the flirtation target of spoiled, self-destructive bad girl Nicole Oakley (Kirsten Dunst), who's the daughter of a prominent congressman (Bruce Davison). When his friends, family, and even Nicole's own father oppose the romance for Carlos' sake, he chooses to ignore their advice and stubbornly pursues his relationship with Nicole, whose feelings grow from simple physical attraction to something much deeper. Crazy/beautiful is directed by writer, actor, and director John Stockwell, who also penned the same year's Rock Star.

Cast

Kirsten Dunst
as Nicole Oakley
Jay Hernandez
as Carlos Nunez
Bruce Davison
as Tom Oakley
Lucinda Jenney
as Courtney Oakley
Richard Steinmetz
as Coach Bauer
Neil Looy
as Jimmy the Pilot
Mike Jones
as Dr. Linehan
Carolyn McKnight
as Mrs. Ellis
Michael J. Fisher
as Assistant Football Coach Stover
Jim Jackman
as Detail Supervisor
Kevin Kane
as Mr. Kane
Griselda Diaz
as Taco Vendor
Claudia Soundy
as Spandex Girl
Rick Dallago
as Photo Teacher
Hank Mendoza
as Guy on Street
Maria Diaz
as Oakley's Receptionist
Bob Sattler
as Police Officer
John Marrot
as Police Officer
Devon Williams
as Band Singer
David Benítez
as Band Singer
Matt Hobbie
as Quarterback
John Pemberton
as Football Official
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Critic Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful

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Audience Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful

  • Jul 31, 2015
    I'm not a fan of Kirsten Dunst, but I really enjoyed this, and I found myself rooting for her character.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2013
    Kirsten Dunst leads the cast in Crazy/Beautiful, and unconventional romantic film about star-crossed lovers. When the troubled daughter of a congressman falls for an overachieving football player from the inner city, the two begin a torrid romance. The plot's a little formulaic and falls into some of the trappings of high school love stories, but the writing puts some new spins on the material that keeps it fresh. And, Dunst gives an outstanding performance that shows impressive depth and range. Additionally, the soundtrack is especially well-done and brings a lot of energy and passion to the film. Despite having a few cliches, Crazy/Beautiful is a smart and sincere film with compelling characters.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2011
    Had this on my watch list ONLY because Kirsten Dunst stars, and was unexpectedly treated to an overall rewarding experience. Doesn't start very promisingly though, treading in deeply-worn tracks with poor Hispanic boy Carlos getting involved with rich white girl Nicole - he studies, she parties; he's heads-up, she's a screw-up; he's pragmatic, she's problematic. You've seen this mismatched young love story done a thousand times before, and usually badly and/or superficially. And you think you're seeing it again until about halfway when the complexities of the characters and their relationship begin to shine through. I can pinpoint the scene for you too: after Nicole leaves a birthday party for Carlos' friend's sister and she confesses a distressing realization to him in the car. Thereafter, strong scene follows strong scene as they try to reconcile their lives together against his dreams and family pressures and her irresponsibility and troubled family life. That's also when veteran actor Bruce Davison steps up in a big way as her father who loves her but doesn't know how to help. There's an honesty and depth on display here that you very rarely get in a teen drama. I developed strong feelings for these characters and hoped they could work around the obstacles, but there seemed to be no guarantee. Case in point - you know how this kind of movie always has a "Screw the world, let's get out of here!" final scene where the young lovers jump in the car and speed off laughing into the distance? Well, this movie has that scene too - but then spends another 20 minutes facing the consequences of such an action. There are no easy answers here, but there are answers and they are grappled with instead of glossed over by rolling credits and a happy theme song. <i>Crazy/Beautiful</i> is a mature, convention-dodging, satisfying date movie. There's good-looking Jay Hernandez for her while Dunst bounces around braless for him, and Dunst's performance stands out with a couple potent scenes of palpable fragility once we discover the source of her personal demons. Will surely go down as one of my year's most fortuitous viewing surprises.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2011
    Kirsten Dunst were so different and so young in this movie. The story is pretty much very ordinary. However, the directing and acting was great. It also leave out the racial differences between the couple. Touching movie about how a girl wanted to be loved and accepted in her environment, especially family wise. Romance movie that is realistic and also touches the family part, where in many romantic movies it haven't seen as an important matter.
    Nadira I Super Reviewer

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