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Ada Apa dengan Cinta? (2002)

A popular girl has to choose whether she wants to stay as a part of her clique or fall for the brooding literature-loving boy in her school.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dian Sastrowardoyo Dian Sastrowardoyo ... Cinta
Nicholas Saputra ... Rangga
Ladya Cheryl Ladya Cheryl ... Alya (as Ladya Cheryll)
Titi Kamal Titi Kamal ... Maura
Adinia Wirasti Adinia Wirasti ... Karmen
Sissy Priscillia Sissy Priscillia ... Milly
Gito Rollies Gito Rollies ... Limbong
Hendra Perdana Hendra Perdana ... Rama
Edi Brokoli Edi Brokoli ... Si Kribo
Febian Ricardo Febian Ricardo ... Borne
Dennis Adhiswara Dennis Adhiswara ... Mamet
Pramana Padmodarmaya Pramana Padmodarmaya ... Yusrizal
Mang Diman Mang Diman ... Pak Wardiman
Frans Tumbuan Frans Tumbuan ... Cinta's father
Rininta Boer Rininta Boer ... Cinta's mother


A popular girl has to choose whether she wants to stay as a part of her clique or fall for the brooding literature-loving boy in her school.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

8 February 2002 (Indonesia) See more »

Also Known As:

Beautiful Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Jakarta, Indonesia


Box Office


IDR 4,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Miles Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The entire cast spent months rehearsing that when it had come the time to shoot, it was like a walk in the park for them. Genk Cinta, the name of the main girls clique, particularly spent the entire time getting to know each other and bonding. It was also how Dian Sastrowardoyo and Nicholas Saputra managed to built their chemistry so impeccably. See more »


Cinta said "Aku" book was hard to find because it was an old book. Well, not exactly, we could still find the book in the big book store. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, there is a tribute to Mang Diman who passed away during the film production. See more »


Followed by Ada Apa dengan Cinta? 2 (2016) See more »


Truely, Madly, Deeply Hate You
Performed by Melly Goeslaw
Lyrics and Music by Anto Hoed & Melly Goeslaw
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Better than most Hollywood teen movies, for sure.
6 January 2005 | by deliasayangSee all my reviews

Rather than use "What's Up with Love?" as the English translation to the title, I would have used "What is it about Love?". Certainly, the plot is basically about two teenagers experiencing those roller-coaster emotions that come with the first yearnings of love/mutual attraction. They find themselves behaving quite unlike their usual selves, and it makes them stop and ask the question "What is it about love?". (Of course, it ties in nicely that the female protagonist's name is Cinta, which is "love" in Indonesian).

The plot is universal enough for anyone to relate to. So the real attraction of this movie lies in the strong script, the good shots used and the ability of the young actors to interact with each other on-screen. They don't seem camera-conscious and they aren't given awful lines or skimpy clothes that seem to be standard stuff in teen movies.

I'm jaded when it comes to watching teen movies (in fact I hardly bother with them now that I'm not a teen) but this one I really liked. Cinta's school friends certainly remind me of the friends I had in school, so it was pretty realistic to me.

What ties it all together is the clever use of an awesome soundtrack with all original songs written by the brilliant Melly Goeslaw. The music itself can tell the story, and that says a lot for it.

There are weak moments, as there are in most movies. But nothing I've cringed at, or anything I care to remember. I cannot understand much of the Indonesian language and yet the movie spoke to me, so I give it my thumbs up.

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