Crazy/Beautiful 2001

Crazy/Beautiful

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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.

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Two high school students from opposite ends of the social spectrum fall for each other in this teen drama. Nicole Oakley (Kirsten Dunst), the troubled daughter of a wealthy congressman, attends a public school in the upscale community of Pacific Palisades. As an act of defiance, she makes a play for the attentions of Carlos Nuñez (Jay Hernandez), a straight-A student who takes a two-hour bus ride to attend Nicole's school. Her self-destructive tendencies threaten his ambitions.

Cast & Crew

Kirsten Dunst
Nicole Oakley
Jay Hernandez
Carlos Nuñez
Guy Riedel
Executive Producer
Shane Hurlbut
Cinematographer
Maia Javan
Production Designer
Melissa Kent
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Critic Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (37)

Audience Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful

  • Jul 31, 2015
    I'm not a fan of Kirsten Dunst, but I really enjoyed this, and I found myself rooting for her character.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2013
    Kirsten Dunst leads the cast in Crazy/Beautiful, and unconventional romantic film about star-crossed lovers. When the troubled daughter of a congressman falls for an overachieving football player from the inner city, the two begin a torrid romance. The plot's a little formulaic and falls into some of the trappings of high school love stories, but the writing puts some new spins on the material that keeps it fresh. And, Dunst gives an outstanding performance that shows impressive depth and range. Additionally, the soundtrack is especially well-done and brings a lot of energy and passion to the film. Despite having a few cliches, Crazy/Beautiful is a smart and sincere film with compelling characters.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2011
    Had this on my watch list ONLY because Kirsten Dunst stars, and was unexpectedly treated to an overall rewarding experience. Doesn't start very promisingly though, treading in deeply-worn tracks with poor Hispanic boy Carlos getting involved with rich white girl Nicole - he studies, she parties; he's heads-up, she's a screw-up; he's pragmatic, she's problematic. You've seen this mismatched young love story done a thousand times before, and usually badly and/or superficially. And you think you're seeing it again until about halfway when the complexities of the characters and their relationship begin to shine through. I can pinpoint the scene for you too: after Nicole leaves a birthday party for Carlos' friend's sister and she confesses a distressing realization to him in the car. Thereafter, strong scene follows strong scene as they try to reconcile their lives together against his dreams and family pressures and her irresponsibility and troubled family life. That's also when veteran actor Bruce Davison steps up in a big way as her father who loves her but doesn't know how to help. There's an honesty and depth on display here that you very rarely get in a teen drama. I developed strong feelings for these characters and hoped they could work around the obstacles, but there seemed to be no guarantee. Case in point - you know how this kind of movie always has a "Screw the world, let's get out of here!" final scene where the young lovers jump in the car and speed off laughing into the distance? Well, this movie has that scene too - but then spends another 20 minutes facing the consequences of such an action. There are no easy answers here, but there are answers and they are grappled with instead of glossed over by rolling credits and a happy theme song. <i>Crazy/Beautiful</i> is a mature, convention-dodging, satisfying date movie. There's good-looking Jay Hernandez for her while Dunst bounces around braless for him, and Dunst's performance stands out with a couple potent scenes of palpable fragility once we discover the source of her personal demons. Will surely go down as one of my year's most fortuitous viewing surprises.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2011
    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 I Super Reviewer

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