Crazy/Beautiful (2001)




Critic Consensus: The story is not new, but the film gets credit for trying to move away from the genre's cliches. Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jay Hernandez give believable performances.

Movie Info

The +Romeo and Juliet story has been modernized to a high school setting previously, but this romance from director John Stockwell turns the tale inside out. 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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving teens, drug/alcohol content, sexuality & language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2001
Box Office: $16.2M
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


as Nicole Oakley

as Carlos Nunez

as Tom Oakley

as Courtney Oakley

as Coach Bauer

as Jimmy the Pilot

as Dr. Linehan

as Mrs. Ellis

as Assistant Football C...

as Detail Supervisor

as Mr. Kane

as Taco Vendor

as Spandex Girl

as Photo Teacher

as Guy on Street

as Oakley's Receptionis...

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Band Singer

as Band Singer

as Quarterback

as Football Official
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Critic Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (32)

As overproduced as a Super Bowl soft-drink commercial, so much so that even its potentially insightful moments seem like movie fakery.

Full Review… | July 3, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

There is nothing new in this teen fantasy.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

This movie is godawful. Simply godawful.

Full Review… | January 14, 2004

Has a typical, write-by-the-numbers plot, about as predictable as they come and almost that interesting.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
San Diego Metropolitan

The effect is a much more engrossing experience than we have come to expect from teen movies.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

The movie's dramatic moments come from dialogue not actions, and much of the time viewers are left on their own to fill in the words that remain unspoken.

Full Review… | August 28, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Audience Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful

Kirsten Dunst were so different and so young in this movie. The story is pretty much very ordinary. However, the directing and acting was great. It also leave out the racial differences between the couple. Touching movie about how a girl wanted to be loved and accepted in her environment, especially family wise. Romance movie that is realistic and also touches the family part, where in many romantic movies it haven't seen as an important matter.

Nadira Irdiana

Super Reviewer


I love this movie. Had not seen it in a few years, but like it just as much now as I did the first time I watched it. Definitely a very different role for Kirsten Durst at the time. (Not including Virgin Suicides - but still in that she was the glamourous and pretty girl). She is very played down through most of it, with greasy hair and no make up, as she plays a troubled, suicidal teen. Still attractive, of course, but there is a flatness to her (deliberately), that she does not normally have. At heart this is just a nice film about acceptance and being understood.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Well-constructed and credibly played characters fuel this high-school romance, which involves a scholastically dedicated Latino guy who loses his academic focus after falling in love with the deeply troubled WASP daughter of a wealthy congressman. The fairy-tale conclusion is a bit too pat, but two leads generate a lot of goodwill along the way.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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