Excellent!!! A cut above, WAY above, most other "teen" movies! (by bopdog)
"Crazy/beautiful" is a wonderful movie. It is really far better than most teen movies. When I saw the trailers and TV spots for the movie last year, I was unimpressed. The impression I got was that the movie was another one of those teen jobs wherein the director and the actors all take themselves WAY too seriously! Kind of like a Charlie Sheen movie, back when he was having all those ego problems. Sheen is much recovered, and much over himself now. He's a charming fellow these days, and a great talent. I bought the DVD the other day, and am very happy that I did. I should have <more>
trusted that a talent such as Kirsten Dunst would not have placed herself in tripe. Sorry! This movie is thoughtfully written, sensitively acted, and very well directed and cut. I am not a teenager anymore far away from it, in fact , so I am not impressed by hipness, hormonal chic, nor teen cool. Thus I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that "crazy/beautiful" is rich, touching, engaging, moving, uplifting, and extremely entertaining. Yaay!Hey Buena Vista marketing people--- please note that the movie you seemed to have presented via your trailers and such last year looked like crap! And yet the real movie, the one Kirsten and Whatshisname made, is sweet and marvelous!!! I know you marketing folks meant well, and all marketing is some form of experiment, but perhaps you can learn from this that the audiences needn't be sold cliched garbage to go see a film. In fact, the apparent cliches presented in the trailers kept me away. Thank goodness for DVD!Finally--- the DVD is also great. The "making of" segment is amazing, and worthy of it's own venue. The director's commentary with Dunst is also intriguing. It all adds to our enjoyment of the movie. Thanks, guys!
All of Kirsten Dunst's movies I am impressed with.She has a good eye for good rolls and I enjoy every movie that she has been in.this is one that is right up there with The Virgin Suicides for me.Crazy/Beautiful was so wonderfully off-beat and laid back for me it made me see California in a totally different way then total L.A. and Hollywood.I love Kirsten's character Nicole Oakley the to-fast-for-life 17 year old who is struggling with a relationship with her father and trying to forget about her mothers suicide.until she meets Carlos Nunez.a fellow student at Pacific High School.her <more>
and Carlos Become closer and have a very serious and deep relationship until Nicole's father Tom Oakley urges Carlos to stay away from Nicole if he wants him to sign his recommendation for Annapolis's.Nicoles friend Maddie played by Taryn Manning is a comfort to Nicole and so is her alcohol,drug,and party addiction as she tries to cop with the loss of Carlos.until Carlos realizes he wants to be with Nicole more than going to Annapolis's.the two run away until Nicole decides she wants to make things right so the two return and Nicoles father thanks Carlos for not taking his advise and staying with Nicole.a very beautiful movie You'll want to watch more then once with lovable Characters and good morals.
In a role that almost earned her an Oscar nomination Kirsten Dunst is amazing as Nicole, a messed-up near manic-depressive rich girl who's intent on wasting her life away. When she meets poor but driven Carlos a beautiful romance develops, that threatens to bring down Carlos but ultimately saves Nicole.This is one of the most 'real' teenage movies around. Every character reminds the audience of someone they know. In the hands of a less-talented actress Nicole would become a one-dimensional character, but Kirsten brings such a subtle vulnerability to her otherwise tough character <more>
that you can't help but love her. Jay Henandez is equally as impressive as Carlos, playing him with just enough empathy that you can understand why he stands by this lost little girl.The film is beautifully shot, with an amazing soundtrack and unique cinematography. One of it's stand-out qualities is it's natural and very well written dialogue, which owes much to the fact that a lot of it is ad-libbed. There is a wonderfully fresh, real vibe to this film that sets it apart from the myriad of other teen dramas that are out there.With plenty of laughs evened out with beautiful yet heartbreaking drama, Crazy/Beautiful is a masterpiece that rises far above the 'Teen Drama' category it's often slotted in to.
For a long while now Ive been bombarded with teen movies that are crap. Written by people who forgot what it was like, less mature than teenagers themselves. Ive been waiting for a movie that was took itself seriously without being pretentious. That was mature and REAL. This is such a find. This movie is consistently good. Dialogue, Music, Acting, especially the cinematography and directing which just made the movie. It doesnt struggle to be hip or witty, theres no B.S.The story isn`t complicated but it works. It`s just about the love between two people, how it affects the both of them and <more>
the journey which Kirsten Dunst`s character goes through. If your tired of the mindless repetitive teen crap, see this movie and appreciate it.
Romeo And Juliet In A High School Setting (by Desertman84)
Opposites attract in this love story for the younger set in this movie,Crazy/Beautiful. This romantic drama stars Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez. It is largely set at Palisades Charter High School and the surrounding area, including Downtown Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and East Los Angeles. The Romeo and Juliet story has been modernized to a high school setting previously, but this romance from director John Stockwell turns the tale inside out.The story follows a familiar pattern wherein the two young lovers come from different worlds, and no one else understands them but has a <more>
few intelligent wrinkles to the standard star-crossed plot. Carlos is a straight-laced poor boy working his way toward a better life. Thus,he is an A-student with big dreams who endures a two-hour bus ride every morning to attend high school in an upscale L.A. neighborhood.Nicole is a rich girl with a wild streak who can't seem to stay out of trouble. Can it be that they're meant for each other? Yes, of course it can.Fate steps in and brings together two high school seniors from opposite sides of the track in this sexy, fun, and energetic story of first love. Their innocent flirtations quickly develop into passionate love.When his friends, family, and even Nicole's own father oppose the romance for Carlos' sake, he chooses to ignore their advice and stubbornly pursues his relationship with Nicole, whose feelings grow from simple physical attraction to something much deeper. But Nicole's self-destructive behavior threatens their relationship and puts Carlos' promising future in jeopardy. As teen love stories go, you could do far worse. Adults may be left cold by Crazy/Beautiful, but teens especially those with a dramatic streak will enjoy this well-intentioned romance. The story is not new, but the film gets credit for trying to move away from the genre's clichés. Also,Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jay Hernandez give believable performances as young lovers.Added to that,the dramatic moments come from dialogue not actions, and much of the time viewers are left on their own to fill in the words that remain unspoken.And finally,the movie's message of tolerance comes across without being preachy.
Good. Creative film. Worth watching. (by crazycosmiccat87)
This is a great film. Period. It's original, yet not too out there. The camera shots are great, as well as over composition. The characters have chemistry and like any great story appear well-rounded. The struggle between whats right and whats wrong often come up in the movie. Carlos searches for his overall place in life, while Nicole tries to find herself. And together they put the pieces of their life together not without breaking it apart first . Overall it's a very put-together film despite the fantasy at times. It's a great story that shows the struggles for some families. <more>
Some of the scenes in the movie are rather vivid and not good for an immature audience. If you love independent films such as Thirteen , most likely you will enjoy this one.
I caught five minutes of this then decided to watch more of it and I was pleasantly surprised at what a superb actress Kirsten Dunst is! She is so natural and at ease in front of a camera. The chemistry between her and the boyfriend is the best you will ever see and that's why I watched this movie. I felt like I was eavesdropping in on two young teenagers throughout the whole movie. The story is very simple and just chronicles the life of these two high-schoolers who fall in love by pure chance the romance is instigated by Dunst and she does a great job . I think everyone will be able to <more>
relate to the characters and story in this movie. These are real-life characters and they are not overly stereotyped which was surprising, as well. The leading actor did a fantastic job, too. There is zero shock value thrown into this movie to try and put you on the edge of your seat which is something you don't find in Hollywood movies and which was really nice. Mostly every scene involves Kirsten and her boyfriend and they pull it off. There aren't many actors that can say that they can do that. This movie is entertaining throughout and will keep your attention. Already I like Kirsten more than I ever liked Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Daryl Hannah, Winona Ryder, Chistine Ricci, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kate Winslet, Sharon Stone, or any of these younger female celebrities. The direction in this movie is very good. If you want a real nice relaxing evening and you don't want to watch something with a lot of hype, drama, violence, stereotypes, people pitting each other against one another, etc. then I recommend this movie. I will definitely look for more of Kirsten in the future.
I was really pleasantly surprised by this film. It wasn't the usual dumb teen movie. It address some real-world issues from a modern perspective and managed to not make itself look silly doing it. The script was tightly written with just enough edge to give it a sense of reality without it being totally destroyed by it's kiddie rating.The usual teen movie makes fun of the adult world and laughably tries to make the teens somehow the center of the known universe. This is more real in it's approach, showing two very vulnerable young people on the verge of being thrust into that very <more>
real adult world and the issues they have in discovering themselves as near-adults through each other's eyes. There are quite a few relationships these days that mix cultures and this film handles a realistic look at some of the problems. I think it had to or risk the charge of being unrealistic. Still, there is more here, not just teen romance, though that is certainly painfully portrayed by an emotionally exposed Kirsten Dunst and the serious Jay Hernandez. It is also a film ultimately about the good and evil influences that tug at us all and the effects it can have on those around us. It managed to convey those issues fairly well given the censorship restraints it was under. Adding to a solid performance by Dunst and Hernandez is a fine cast, including Bruce Davidson and a deliciously unlikable Lucinda Jenney doing a great modern take on the evil stepmother. Taryn Manning as Dunst's best girlfriend nearly stole a couple of scenes and certainly bears watching in the future; there's light behind those big eyes. I see she also had a minor credit in the music score, which was very entertaining on it's own and this said from an old guy . I also enjoyed the performance of Rolando Molina as Hernandez's brother, though it was nearly too stereotyped. He managed to make it just believable enough to be genuine. My major criticism would be the lack of subtitles for the considerable Spanish dialog. I for one found this too frustrating to forgive.All-in-all, it's more than worth the price of admission and I can agree with some other viewers that Dunst might deserve at least a nomination come awards time next year.
When it's real. When it's right. Don't let anything stand in your way. (by Lady_Targaryen)
'Crazy/Beautiful' is a very nice movie that I enjoyed very much for their theme social differences and also because of how it ends.Carlos Nuñez meets Nicole when she is cleaning the beach in one of the communitarian jobs.They both study in the 'Pacific,a rich school for rich boys and girls. The difference is that Carlos wakes up very day 5:15 am,to a long journey of 2 hours in a bus, while Nicole lives in one of the best neighbors in their city, and goes to her school by her own fancy car. The differences don't stop here: Nicole almost doesn't have attention from her <more>
father and is a horrible student who always skip classes,while Carlos is an A student who wants a promising future.One day, when they are at the school, Carlos see Nicole again and they start to talk,when Nicole and her friends were drinking and one of the teachers make them stay in detention,Carlos included. He stays angry with her,since she doesn't take anything serious,while he needs to battle for everything in his life. Nicole apologizes, and soon they start to flirt and to go out together. But Nicole's behavior,as well as Carlos' family and friends are not helping to make them together.I definitely recommend this movie for everybody who enjoys the racial and social classes'contest.aka "Gostosa Loucura" - Brazil