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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

There's nothing new in this teen fantasy.

Movie PG-13 2001 99 minutes
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age 15+

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age 15+

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.

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Great messages
Too much violence
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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There is nothing new in CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL, though Dunst and Hernandez deliver warm, thoughtful performances as the two leads. 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. 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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 29, 2001
  • On DVD or streaming: November 13, 2001
  • Cast: Bruce Davison , Jay Hernandez , Kirsten Dunst
  • Director: John Stockwell
  • Inclusion Information: Latino actors
  • 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
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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