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Crazy/Beautiful (2001)

PG-13 | | 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)  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,715,060 (USA) (29 June 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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When Maddy and Nicole drive Carlos home, Nicole's words do not match up with her mouth when she is talking to Carlos's brother. See more »

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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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I Want to Believe You
Written, Produced and Performed by Lori Carson and Paul Haslinger
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Fairly good teen drama.
29 June 2003 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

I saw one promo for this film some time after I saw "Bring it On," and thought it was another Kirsten Dunst comedy.

I was wrong, but pleasantly dissapointed. The thing about teenage movies is that the really good ones don't placate exclusively to the age bracket of which the film is about. "Crazy/Beautiful" focuses on the teenagers, but shows the flavors of the leads' respective cultures, and how they are able to combine both their intellect and emotions to overcome some very superficial barriers, which create profound rifts among human society.

The overall theme vascillates by placing the ball into each of the leads court at various points in the film. This makes for some interesting interaction which, in the real world, I've personally observed. On this score the film is rather accurate.

The film gets a touch melodramatic at points, and there's no one actor to really single out as all the leads have their moment of high energy at various points in the film.

The film itself, because of the subject material, is somewhat lethargic, but does keep one's interest in its presentation.

A definate thumbs up for a night's rental.


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