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Crazy/ Beautiful (2001)

Kirsten Dunst , Jay Hernandez , John Stockwell  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Jay Hernandez, Bruce Davison, Herman Osorio, Miguel Castro
  • Directors: John Stockwell
  • Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY5P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crazy/ Beautiful" on IMDb

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"Blurring Fiction And Reality: The Making Of CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL

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Opposites attract in this love story for the younger set. Carlos is a straight-laced poor boy working his way toward a better life. Nicole is a rich girl with a wild streak who can't seem to stay out of trouble. Can it be that they're meant for each other? Yes, of course it can. Crazy/Beautiful follows a familiar pattern--the two young lovers come from different worlds, and no one else understands them--but has a few intelligent wrinkles to the standard star-crossed plot. Nicole's dad, for example, actually likes Carlos and worries that Nicole will corrupt him. Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez give assured performances as the young lovers, and the movie's message of tolerance comes across without being preachy. As teen love stories go, you could do far worse. Adults may be left cold by Crazy/Beautiful, but teens--especially those with a dramatic streak--will enjoy this well-intentioned romance. --Ali Davis

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Fate steps in and brings together two high school seniors from opposite sides of the track in this sexy, fun, and energetic story of first love. Nicole (Kirsten Dunst, BRING IT ON) is the 17-year-old troubled daughter of a wealthy congressman who never met a rule she didn't break. Carlos (hot newcomer Jay Hernandez) is an A-student with big dreams who endures a two-hour bus ride every morning to attend high school in an upscale L.A. neighborhood. Their innocent flirtations quickly develop into passionate love, but Nicole's self-destructive behavior threatens their relationship and puts Carlos' promising future in jeopardy. Will their intense passion keep them together despite the objections of their families, or will Carlos be forced to plan his future ... without Nicole? Surprises lie at every turn in this wildly seductive and critically acclaimed drama.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kirsten Dunst shines in an engaging character study January 6, 2002
Format:DVD
I hesitated to see this film because having seen my share of Kristen Dunst movies, I wasn't sure I was ready for another teen sugar attack. However, this film turned out to be a pleasant departure from the perky candy coated parts Dunst has played in the past. In fact, this might be a watershed role for her, marking her transition from teen roles to adult roles.
Dunst plays Nicole Oakley, a troubled teenager from a privileged family who falls in love with Carlos (Jay Hernandez), a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The story is nothing new, but the presentation is remarkably good, with far greater maturity than one would expect from a high school flick.
This film is exceptional considering its limited budget and the fact that most of the major players have very little experience at this level. For writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, this is their first feature film screenplay. For director John Stockwell, it is only his second feature film. Likewise for Jay Hernandez and Taryn Manning. Many of the Latino actors were cast from a local high school, so they are in their first film. By comparison, Kirsten Dunst is a jaded veteran. The use of so many ordinary (not professional actors) high school students in the film gives it a very genuine look and feel.
Stockwell turns in an impressive directorial effort with a story that is much more complex than it seems at first blush. It starts out as your standard boy-meets-girl love story. They flirt, act silly, have sex, fall in love and create beautiful romantic images on the beach. Just when you think it is going to be a real yawner, things begin to get complicated. Stockwell slowly peels away the layers of the two main characters and their families to reveal subterranean shearing forces that will act to tear them apart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upside down cliches March 24, 2002
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I live with an LA High School teacher; we are both in our fifties yet we both enjoy teen oriented movies, at least to some degree. However, we are also highly sensitive to the distance from reality in most of these movies, and this one kept us awake and interested. Crazy/Beautiful may be another fairly tale reworking of the star-crossed lovers theme, but it also presents its characters with a gritty realism. These kids in this movie are a lot like real kids that we know and see everyday.
Kirsten Dunst is still portraying a teenager, but proves she can handle adult complexity. Jay Hernandez is wonderfully unaffected. The story is in many respects by the numbers, but it turns most of the movie cliches upside down - the rich kids father approves of the poor kid - it's his own daughter he has trouble with. The Latino kid is appealing to the white girls, but he isn't a white boy in a Latino skin, he is comfortable in his identity. I don't want to say too much more because I don't want to ruin the story for those who haven't seen it.
This is a fun film to watch with superb performances. As others have said, it has no villains just people who look like them from the vantage of the main characters. It's a feel good teen movie with something to interest the brain.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR TEENS... August 3, 2002
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This is a teen flick with a twist. Here, it is the girl who is the problem child, and her male, love interest is the grounding factor. Deftly directed and well acted, it will appeal to adults, as well as to teens.
Nicole Oakley (Kirsten Dunst) is seemingly a lucky teenager, blessed with good looks and wealth, she lacks for nothing. Or does she? Carlos Nunez (Jay Hernandez), the son of a poor, Mexican single mother, is an intelligent teenager, also blessed with good looks. He is also his family's hope for the future.
Nicole carries a lot of baggage with her, due to some serious family issues she has yet to work out. She and Jay meet. He manages to see beneath her hard, wild, devil may care veneer. She realizes that Jay treats her as a person and not a boy toy. He manages to look below her hard exterior and sees her vulnerability, as well as her innate kindness, and is touched by it. They manage to fall in love but not without experiencing a few bumps on the road.
Having some serious self-esteem problems, however, Nicole is on a downward spiral towards complete self destruction, almost taking Jay with her. He basically pulls her out of the tailspin just before these star crossed lovers both crash land. For the viewer, it is, however, a ride well worth taking.
Kirsten Dunst gives a wonderful performance as the angst ridden Nicole. Jay Hernandez is excellent as the stalwart, hard working, teen from the barrio whose family is pinning all their hopes for the future on him. Burce Davison gives a very good performance as Nicole's tolerant, but bewildered, father who wants to make Nicole happy but does not know how to do so, until it is nearly too late.
Teens and adults alike will enjoy this well intentioned, coming of age drama.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie for all ages! May 11, 2005
Format:DVD
I saw this movie when I was in my mid-twenties, and only now after reading some of the reviews did it occur to me that it might really have been directed at teenagers! I suppose all the main characters are in high school, yes, but this isn't a teen-only movie. The storyline is excellent, all about love and doing what is "cool" vs. what is responsible in high school. I really enjoyed seeing Kirsten Dunst's character develop. Both Dunst and Hernandez are excellent actors in this movie.

I was so captivated by the magic of this storyline that I had no interest in watching any of the out-takes or behind the scenes stuff. I prefer to leave this movie as the wonderful love and growing up story it was, without focusing on how each scene was set up and directed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Times
Anything with jay Hernandez in it, I'm loving! This is a real good movie and the CD was like new!
Published 1 day ago by RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Surprisingly moving performances by Hernandez and Dunst...
Published 3 days ago by D. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars movie junkie
My all time fav movie I will be ordering more movies
Published 12 days ago by Brittany martz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best movies!!
Published 23 days ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love this movie!!! It is not well known, so was harder to find. The shipping was fast and the quality was good. I could not be any happier.
Published 2 months ago by Pam W
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy/ Beautiful
Crazy/ Beautiful If you like romantic loves stories then you will love this movie as well. I highly recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Michelle Copeland-Horrocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Move
Just a feel good movie and I love Kristen Dunst, I received a great deal on the on the cost of this movie.
Published 5 months ago by Anthony Estrada
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love love love this movie, it's a good love story, plus Jay Hernandez is freaking beautiful! & can't go wrong with Kristen dunst.
Published 7 months ago by Briannah Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good dramatic movie about love
Great movie. Lots of drama. A lot of great acting along with 1 liners too. Really pleased with my purchase and the time I took to watch the movie. Not disappointed at all.
Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy/Beautiful-definition
Kirsten Dunst always put her best acting to work. Love her. Good Ending, with some maturing coming along slowly, but with her, surely. Read more
Published 9 months ago by patricia kinch
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