Crazy/Beautiful

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Released 2001

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Director:
John Stockwell
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Crazy/Beautiful is a 2001 American film that tells the story of rich, out of control high school student Nicole (Kirsten Dunst) who becomes romantically involved with hard-working Mexican-American student Carlos Nunez (Jay Hernandez). Nicole's mother committed suicide when she was young, which has left her with emotional scars that cause her to act out at school and at her father, congressman Tom Oakley (Bruce Davison). When Nicole comes into Carlos' life, his grades begin to slip and his dreams of becoming a pilot are in jeopardy. Tom warns Carlos to stay away from Nicole, for fear of her messing up his life as well. The two decide to run away together, but Nicole has a change of heart when she realizes the damage she is causing Carlos. Also starring Lucinda Jenney, Taryn Manning, and Rolando Molina, Crazy/Beautiful was not a critical or box office success despite praise for Dunst's performance.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It is an enormous improvement over the brainless, patronizing teenage romances that have slouched into (and quickly out of) theaters in recent years. But it could, if the filmmaker...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Very much of a guilty pleasure. A nifty piece of teenage romantic piffle, it combines two strong and attractive performances.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The significant potential of its premise is squandered by an increasing reliance on teen movie cliches, silly plotting and the urge to be upbeat rather than to communicate life les...

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