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Crazy/Beautiful (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 29 June 2001 (USA)
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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,715,060 (USA) (29 June 2001)

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$16,929,123 (USA) (24 August 2001)
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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 »

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The position of Nicole's arms when the police car leaves the house changes. See more »

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Nicole: [crying] Why do you hate me so much? How could you tell the only person in the world that I love, that I care about so much, how could you tell him to stay away from me? Do you think that the only thing I'll ever do to someone is screw them up? That I'm not worth loving?
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Features Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy (1999) See more »

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To Be Free
Written by Emiliana Torrini and Francis White
Performed by Emiliana Torrini
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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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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