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

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£137,017 (UK) (21 September 2001)

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£137,017 (UK) (21 September 2001)
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The scene in which Nicole buries Carlos in a hole in the sand, with only his head above ground, and takes a picture, the original caption for the photo was "In Nicole's Hole". It was changed to "I Love Nicole" in order to maintain a PG-13 rating. See more »

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Nicole's hair color changes from blonde to red and back to blonde. The whole movie her hair is blonde except during the hotel scene when she is outside wrapped in a blanket and tells Carlos she wants to be good for him it is red. The next shot, when they are in the car taking her back home her hair is blonde again and stays that way through the rest of the movie. The red hair was due to Kirsten Dunst starting to film Spider-Man See more »

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Nicole: You can be anywhere when your life begins. When the future opens up in front of you. And you may not even realize it at first, but it's already happening.
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References Mad Love (1995) See more »

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El Jaripeo
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Wild rich white schoolgirl and much poorer Latino form a relationship. Great acting. Sensitively portrayed
26 November 2001 | by (Cairns Australia) – See all my reviews

In Crazy Beautiful Kirsten Dunst (Interview With A Vampire, Bring It On) plays Nicole a rich girl at high school who befriends a first generation Mexican lad called Carlos (Jay Hernandez).

Nicole and Carlos hit it off in spite of Carlos's reservations about the wild (crazy/beautiful) Nicole. He's from a poor family and keen to do well at his studies. She's on a path of self destruction, at least academically, probably physically. Carlos hopes to go to the navy academy and become a pilot.

Now this sounds fairly ho hum but is brought successfully to the screen by very strong acting performances from both Dunst and Hernandez and also by Bruce Davison who plays Nicole's Dad Tom.

These characters are flawed and therefore interesting. The film is mindful of how complicated real people are.

Nicole is a carouser, drunk or stoned most of the time. Jay is level headed but becomes overwhelmed by Nicole. Dad certainly doesn't think he has all of the answers.

Crazy/Beautiful is inspired a little by the inter racial aspect of the relationship but much more by the veracity of the performances.

4 Crazy Flys Out Of Five


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