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Crazy/Beautiful (2001)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  29 June 2001 (USA)
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At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino falls hard for a troubled girl from the affluent neighborhood.

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When fate steps in and brings together two high school seniors from opposite sides of the track, it's something crazy/beautiful in this sexy, fun and energetic story of first love. Nicole (Kirsten Dunst) is the 17-year-old troubled daughter of a wealthy congressman who never met a rule she didn't break. Carlos (Jay Hernandez) is a grade A student with big dreams who endures a two-hour bus ride every morning to attend high school in an upscale L.A. neighbourhood. Their innocent flirtations quickly develop into passionate love, but Nicole's self-destructive behaviour threatens their relationship and puts Carlos' promising future in jeopardy. Will their intense passion keep them together despite the objections of their families or will Carlos be forced to plan his future without Nicole? Surprises lie at every turn in this wildly seductive and critically acclaimed drama. Written by Gavin Nelson

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When it's real. When it's right. Don't let anything stand in your way.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving teens, drug/alcohol content, sexuality & language | See all certifications »

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29 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

About 17  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£137,017 (UK) (21 September 2001)

Gross:

£137,017 (UK) (21 September 2001)
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Trivia

The film's working title was "At 17". On the DVD commentary, Kirsten Dunst said that she came up with a title called "Torn Together". See more »

Goofs

When the bus pulls up to the school, crew (especially a boom mic operator) are reflected the bus door as it opens. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: Come to get me into trouble again?
Nicole: Nah. We're off duty. We're not troublemakers, we're innocent. Don't we look innocent together?
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References Mad Love (1995) See more »

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She Gave Me Love
Written by Kirsten Ottestad
Performed by The Getaway People
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Much like The Karate Kid caught a lot of people off-guard by its charm, likeability, and believability -- not the action aspect so much as the romance between Ralph Macchio and Elisabeth Shue -- crazy/beauti
18 July 2001 | by (Fresno, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

The reason would be the two leads, Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire, Bring It On) and Jay Hernandez (only having done a handful of TV and small movie work). What looks like the set-up of a cliché-filled storyline on the outside -- high-schoolers Dunst as the troubled daughter of a U.S. Senator, and Hernandez as the intelligent inner-city kid meet up and fall in love -- takes on a fresh twist (and "fresh" is a good thing -- especially in film today). With the dialogue seeming mostly improvisational, the romance is impressively convincing. Dunst is already familiar to film audiences -- making great strides at a very young age with Vampire -- but this could arguably be her finest turn. You do feel something for her character, as screwed up as she can be. But even "screwed up" people need love, too, and you do want her to succeed. And good performances apparently rubbed off on Hernandez as well, giving sensational insight into a conflicted character torn between duty to family and education versus his love for Dunst. The story does take a turn for the... well... crazy near the end but recovers nicely -- and without being too preachy or schmaltzy. Don't expect greatness, but don't be shocked if you like it.


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