June 29th, 2001



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Crazy/BeautifulJay Hernandez and Kirsten Dunst starStill of Kirsten Dunst and Taryn Manning in Crazy/BeautifulKirsten Dunst in Crazy/BeautifulStill of Jay Hernandez in Crazy/BeautifulStill of Kirsten Dunst and Taryn Manning in Crazy/Beautiful

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

Director: John Stockwell

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

Kirsten Dunst - Nicole Oakley
Jay Hernandez - Carlos Nuñez
Bruce Davison - Tom Oakley
Herman Osorio - Luis
Miguel Castro - Eddie
Tommy De La Cruz - Victor
Rolando Molina - Hector
Soledad St. Hilaire - Mrs. Nunez
Lucinda Jenney - Courtney Oakley
Taryn Manning - Maddy
Richard Steinmetz - Coach Bauer
Ana Argueta - Rosa
Neil Looy - Jimmy - The Pilot
Marion Moseley - Morgan Oakley
Mike Jones - Dr. Linehan

Taglines: When it's real. When it's right. Don't let anything stand in your way.


Official Website: Touchstone |

Release Date: 29 June 2001

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,715,060 (USA) (1 July 2001) (1601 Screens)

Gross: $16,929,123 (USA) (26 August 2001)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

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.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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.

Nicole: [crying] 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?

User Review

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

Rating: 6/10

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.


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