Crazy/Beautiful

  • Review Date: April 27, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2001

Common Sense Media says

There's nothing new in this teen fantasy.
  • Review Date: April 27, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2001

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What parents need to know

Violence

Drunk driving, no one hurt.

Sex

Sexual references and situations.

Language

Strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters abuse drugs and alcohol, including teens.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes very strong language, drug use and drinking by teenagers, driving under the influence, sexual references and situations, and difficult emotional confrontations. An off-camera suicide and suicide attempts are discussed. The romance is inter-racial, triggering some hostility from both sides, and there is an ugly racial dispute.

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What's the story?

Kirsten Dunst plays Nicole, the troubled daughter of a California congressman (Bruce Davison). She and her best friend Matty spend as much of their time as possible either getting wasted, getting into trouble, or both. She meets Carlos (Jay Hernandez), a poor but hard-working Latino boy who has to get up at 5 a.m. to get to school and who dreams of going to the Naval Academy to become a pilot. Nicole and Carlos are drawn to each other. At first, Nicole treats him like another drug. Carlos has felt the burden of delivering all his family's dreams of achievement. Every second of his life is planned. He is drawn to Nicole's spontaneity and warmth. But he does not know if he is prepared to risk everything he has worked for to try to save her from herself.

Is it any good?

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Sensitive but highly responsible and straight-laced guys have been falling for sensitive but high-maintenance and irresponsible girls in movies since before they started selling popcorn from theater concession stands. That theme has been played for comedy (Bringing Up Baby) or poignancy (The Sterile Cuckoo), and its appeal is enduring, especially to teenagers, which is where this latest entry will find its most sympathetic audience. There is nothing new in CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL, but Dunst and Hernandez deliver warm, thoughtful performances as the two leads. Dunst is a little beyond her range, but deserves credit for taking on a complex challenge and being willing to present herself as vulnerable and without a movie-star glow. The director (who also did the first-rate docudrama Cheaters, about a real-life Chicago high school team that cheated on a scholastic competition) has a real feel for teenagers.

The weakest points are the cardboard character bad guys (the evil stepmother, played by the talented Lucinda Jenney, is an inexcusable stereotype) and the teen-dream resolution, in which everything turns out all right after a parent admits it was all his fault and sees the light. But that is just one more aspect of this teen fantasy that will appeal to its target audience. Many movies about teenage life feel more authentic to adults (who, after all, create them) than to teens themselves. I suspect that this will seem false to adults, but will seem real to a lot of 15-year-olds, whose stage of life leaves them naturally hypersensitive and with heightened emotions. They will also identify with the way the film portrays the importance (and unconditional support) of friends, the insensitivity of classmates and teachers, and the neglect of parents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difficulty Nicole and her father have in showing love for one another, the way that Carlos does not want to have sex with Nicole until he can be sure it is for the right reason and at the right time in their relationship and the way that Nicole's love for Carlos (and for her sister, Megan) makes her want to get better so that she can feel she deserves to be loved in return. When did Carlos stop being a symbol to Nicole and start being a human being?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 29, 2001
DVD release date:November 13, 2001
Cast:Bruce Davison, Jay Hernandez, Kirsten Dunst
Director:John Stockwell
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Drama
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mature thematic material involving teens, drug/alcohol content, sexuality & language

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Adult Written bywonder dove September 24, 2012
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Teens/young adults will enjoy!!

Absolutely wonderful teen romance film! I loved this movie when it first same out, I still love it now. A great story about first loves and finding out where you belong. Troubled teen Nicole (Kirsten Dunst) meets a nice guy Carlos (Jay Fernandez) while doing community service (picking up trash). After discovering they both go to the same high school, they quickly become a couple after one routy night out. With Nicole's terrible past, her Father suggests that Carlos should quit seeing Nicole as it may ruin his future of becoming a Pilot. Angry and confused, their relationship spirals up and down when finally they decide what's really right for each of their lives. This film has good messages about friendship, honesty and following your dreams. It's a fun flick for most teens that actually has depth and emotion. There is some violence (group fights between Mexicans and Whites), wild party scenes. At one point, Nicole has a dramatic fit. Sexual content includes lots of kissing, some making out and groping in a moving car, two brief off-screen sex scenes, making out on a bed with a condom shown. A blurry shower scene of a couple and some playful innuendo. Language isn't too bad...words like sh*t, b*tch, @ss, Goddamn) also some racial comments throughout. There's drinking by teens, drinking and driving, drug references - although none seen. Reference to suicide multiple times. Good for mature teens only.

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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