crazy/beautiful 2001 PG-13 CC

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Fate brings together two high schoolers from opposite walks of life.

Starring:
Kirsten Dunst, Jay Hernandez
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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crazy/beautiful

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director John Stockwell
Starring Kirsten Dunst, Jay Hernandez
Supporting actors Bruce Davison, Herman Osorio, Miguel Castro, Tommy De La Cruz, Rolando Molina, Soledad St. Hilaire, Lucinda Jenney, Taryn Manning, Richard Steinmetz, Ana Argueta, Neil Looy, Marion Moseley, Mike Jones, Carolyn McKnight, Michael J. Fisher, Cory Hardrict, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, Kimi Reichenberg
Studio Touchstone Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Good directing, great acting, and a awesome soundtrack.
Jared O.
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.
"flickjunkie"
I know I am too old to really like this movie as much as I do...but there is something about it.
Michelle Morrison

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on 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 By Sheryl Katz VINE VOICE on March 24, 2002
Format: DVD
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 By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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 By Jessica Lux on 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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