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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.

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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 the flirtation target of spoiled, self-destructive bad girl Nicole Oakley (Kirsten Dunst), who's the daughter of a prominent congressman (Bruce Davison). When his friends, family, and even Nicole's own father oppose the romance for Carlos' sake, he chooses to ignore their advice and stubbornly pursues his relationship with Nicole, whose feelings grow from simple physical attraction to something much deeper. Crazy/beautiful is directed by writer, actor, and director John Stockwell, who also penned the same year's Rock Star.

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Kirsten Dunst
as Nicole Oakley
Jay Hernandez
as Carlos Nunez
Bruce Davison
as Tom Oakley
Lucinda Jenney
as Courtney Oakley
Richard Steinmetz
as Coach Bauer
Neil Looy
as Jimmy the Pilot
Mike Jones
as Dr. Linehan
Carolyn McKnight
as Mrs. Ellis
Michael J. Fisher
as Assistant Football Coach Stover
Jim Jackman
as Detail Supervisor
Kevin Kane
as Mr. Kane
Griselda Diaz
as Taco Vendor
Claudia Soundy
as Spandex Girl
Rick Dallago
as Photo Teacher
Hank Mendoza
as Guy on Street
Maria Diaz
as Oakley's Receptionist
Bob Sattler
as Police Officer
John Marrot
as Police Officer
Devon Williams
as Band Singer
David Benítez
as Band Singer
Matt Hobbie
as Quarterback
John Pemberton
as Football Official
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Critic Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (35)

There is nothing new in this teen fantasy.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Dunst's] intelligent, complex performance makes Nicole a charming, frustrating, pathetic, and ballsy protagonist worthy of screen time.

September 10, 2001 | Rating: 3/5

The arc of their romance ... has nothing in the way of surprises or quirks to lift it out of the ordinary.

August 6, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a pleasant warm-weather diversion for the mall crowd.

August 2, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

July 3, 2001

Dunst, in her finest performance yet, has now transcended her fellow teen stars.

June 29, 2001 | Rating: B

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
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
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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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