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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 an affluent neighborhood.

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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

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

Gross USA:

$16,937,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,937,988
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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

Quotes

Nicole: We forgot to wear our blue.
Maddy: Shit. I forgot to wear anything.
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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

Who Am I
Written by Chad Horton and Lily Frost (as Lindsey Davis)
Performed by Lily Frost
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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User Reviews

 
A Nice Surprise
1 July 2001 | by bjonesSee all my reviews

I was really pleasantly surprised by this film. It wasn't the usual dumb teen movie. It address some real-world issues from a modern perspective and managed to not make itself look silly doing it. The script was tightly written with just enough edge to give it a sense of reality without it being totally destroyed by it's kiddie rating.

The usual teen movie makes fun of the adult world and laughably tries to make the teens somehow the center of the known universe. This is more real in it's approach, showing two very vulnerable young people on the verge of being thrust into that very real adult world and the issues they have in discovering themselves as near-adults through each other's eyes. There are quite a few relationships these days that mix cultures and this film handles a realistic look at some of the problems. I think it had to or risk the charge of being unrealistic. Still, there is more here, not just teen romance, though that is certainly painfully portrayed by an emotionally exposed Kirsten Dunst and the serious Jay Hernandez. It is also a film ultimately about the good and evil influences that tug at us all and the effects it can have on those around us. It managed to convey those issues fairly well given the censorship restraints it was under. Adding to a solid performance by Dunst and Hernandez is a fine cast, including Bruce Davidson and a deliciously unlikable Lucinda Jenney doing a great modern take on the evil stepmother. Taryn Manning as Dunst's best girlfriend nearly stole a couple of scenes and certainly bears watching in the future; there's light behind those big eyes. I see she also had a minor credit in the music score, which was very entertaining on it's own (and this said from an old guy). I also enjoyed the performance of Rolando Molina as Hernandez's brother, though it was nearly too stereotyped. He managed to make it just believable enough to be genuine. My major criticism would be the lack of subtitles for the considerable Spanish dialog. I for one found this too frustrating to forgive.

All-in-all, it's more than worth the price of admission and I can agree with some other viewers that Dunst might deserve at least a nomination come awards time next year.


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