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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 an affluent neighborhood.

Director:

John Stockwell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Nicole Oakley
Jay Hernandez ... Carlos Nuñez
Bruce Davison ... Tom Oakley
Herman Osorio Herman Osorio ... Luis
Miguel Castro ... Eddie
Tommy De La Cruz Tommy De La Cruz ... Victor
Rolando Molina ... Hector
Soledad St. Hilaire ... Mrs. Nunez
Lucinda Jenney ... Courtney Oakley
Taryn Manning ... Maddy
Richard Steinmetz ... Coach Bauer
Ana Argueta Ana Argueta ... Rosa
Neil Looy Neil Looy ... Jimmy - The Pilot
Marion Moseley ... Morgan Oakley
Mike Jones Mike Jones ... Dr. Linehan
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Storyline

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.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Touchstone

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

About 17 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,715,060, 1 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,929,123, 26 August 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Davison portrayed Senator Kelly in X-Men (2000) and X-Men 2 (2003). Kirsten Dunst played Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man films and Jay Hernandez played Diablo in Suicide Squad (2016). See more »

Goofs

When Matty picks Nicole up for school, the cameraman's reflection is visible on the car's window. See more »

Quotes

Nicole: You can be anywhere where when your life begins. You meet the right person and anything is possible.
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Alternate Versions

The film was submitted five times to the MPAA to achieve a PG-13 instead of a R rating. See more »

Connections

Features Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Everytime
Written by Beto Cuevas
Produced by Dust Brothers (as Dust Bros.)
Performed by La Ley
La Ley Appears Courtesy of Warner Music Mexico
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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 chrisbrown6453See 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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