Crazy/BeautifulJune 29, 2001
At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino falls hard for a troubled girl from the affluent neighborhood.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.3/10 (14,455 voted)
Critic's Score: 61/100
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jay Hernandez, Bruce Davison
When fate steps in and brings together two high school seniors from opposite sides of the track, it's something crazy/beautiful in this sexy, fun and energetic story of first love. Nicole (Kirsten Dunst) is the 17-year-old troubled daughter of a wealthy congressman who never met a rule she didn't break. Carlos (Jay Hernandez) is a grade A student with big dreams who endures a two-hour bus ride every morning to attend high school in an upscale L.A. neighbourhood. Their innocent flirtations quickly develop into passionate love, but Nicole's self-destructive behaviour 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.
Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Tommy De La Cruz
Soledad St. Hilaire
Jimmy – The Pilot
When it's real. When it's right. Don't let anything stand in your way.
Release Date: 29 June 2001
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $4,715,060
(1 July 2001)
(26 August 2001)
Did You Know?
The scene in which Nicole buries Carlos in a hole in the sand, with only his head above ground, and takes a picture, the original caption for the photo was "In Nicole's Hole". It was changed to "I Love Nicole" in order to maintain a PG-13 rating.
When Maddy and Nicole drive Carlos home, Nicole's words do not match up with her mouth when she is talking to Carlos's brother.
Why do you hate me so much? How could you tell the only person in the world that I love, that I care about so much, how could you tell him to stay away from me? Do you think that the only thing I'll ever do to someone is screw them up? That I'm not worth loving?
Much like The Karate Kid caught a lot of people off-guard by its charm, likeability, and believability — not the action aspect so much as the romance between Ralph Macchio and Elisabeth Shue — crazy/beauti
The reason would be the two leads, Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the
Vampire, Bring It On) and Jay Hernandez (only having done a handful of TV
and small movie work). What looks like the set-up of a cliché-filled
storyline on the outside — high-schoolers Dunst as the troubled daughter of
a U.S. Senator, and Hernandez as the intelligent inner-city kid meet up and
fall in love — takes on a fresh twist (and "fresh" is a good thing —
especially in film today). With the dialogue seeming mostly improvisational,
the romance is impressively convincing. Dunst is already familiar to film
audiences — making great strides at a very young age with Vampire — but
this could arguably be her finest turn. You do feel something for her
character, as screwed up as she can be. But even "screwed up" people need
love, too, and you do want her to succeed. And good performances apparently
rubbed off on Hernandez as well, giving sensational insight into a
conflicted character torn between duty to family and education versus his
love for Dunst. The story does take a turn for the… well… crazy near the
end but recovers nicely — and without being too preachy or schmaltzy. Don't
expect greatness, but don't be shocked if you like it.