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Crazy/Beautiful

• Director: John Stockwell
• Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
• Release Date: (USA)
• MPAA Rating:
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre:
• Runtime: min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• 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.

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Trivia

  • The band playing during the house party is punk band Osker. The songs they play are “F**k Me” and “Alright”.
  • Maddy’s jeep license plate, 2GAT123, was also used in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Traffic (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), Mulholland Dr. (2001), L.A. Story (1991), “Two and a Half Men” (2003), S.W.A.T. (2003), and Go (1999)
  • Dunst, Kirsten’s character Nicole was originally supposed to have a nude scene. When Carlos comes to Nicole’s house and they plan to have sex, Nicole leaves the bedroom in a cut off shirt and her underwear and walks into the kitchen past the maid to retrieve some condoms, then returns to her bedroom. In the script she was supposed to do this nude.
  • Many of the high school scenes where shot at a real high school. The director wanted actual students to be extras in the film…most had no acting experience.
  • 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.
  • ‘Jay Hernandez’ had to learn many of his Spanish lines phonetically because he does not speak fluent Spanish.
  • Crazy/Beautiful was originally inspired by a book of Lauren Greenfeld photos called ‘Fast Forward’.

Quotes

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?

Carlos: Come to get me into trouble again?
Nicole: Nah. We’re off duty. We’re not troublemakers, we’re innocent. Don’t we look innocent together?

Carlos: You’re crazy…
Nicole: …and you’re beautiful.

Courtney Oakley: What kind of daughter are you?
Nicole: Not yours.
Courtney Oakley: Thank god for that.

Nicole: You can be anywhere where when your life begins. You meet the right person and anything is possible.

Nicole: We forgot to wear our blue.
Maddy: Shit. I forgot to wear anything.

Nicole: There are millions of people in this world, but in the end it all comes down to one. I still panic sometimes, forget to breathe, but I know that there’s something beautiful in my imperfections; the beauty that he held up for me to see. The strength that I will never be able to say.

Nicole: You can be anywhere when your life begins. When the future opens up in front of you. And you may not even realize it at first, but it’s already happening.

Nicole: I want to be good for you.

Nicole: I’m seventeen, I’m supposed to get out of control.