Crazy/Beautiful

Directed By: John Stockwell Starring: Jay Hernandez Kirsten Dunst

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The treasure of CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL is epitomized in its most powerful elements: the characters. The story, poignant in its own, is so much enhanced by the incredibly realistic, lack-of-sugar-coating characters that the viewer is left wanting the story to go on. The actors and director convey the story with such success that this DVD is sure to uniquely brighten both blossoming and established DVD collections alike.

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Plot and Production are Very Good; the Characters,

on 1/19/2002

The treasure of CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL is epitomized in its most powerful elements: the characters. The story, poignant in its own, is so much enhanced by the incredibly realistic, lack-of-sugar-coating characters that the viewer is left wanting the story to go on. The actors and director convey the story with such success that this DVD is sure to uniquely brighten both blossoming and established DVD collections alike. Read More

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New comer Jay Hernandez is right on

by Dan B on 1/28/2008

New comer Jay Hernandez delivers a wonderful performance He has the making of a future acadamey award winner Read More

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Product Overview

A poor latin boy makes a great deal of sacrifices in his attempt to make more out of his life. He endures a two hour bus ride just to go to high school in an affluent, mostly white neighborhood. He falls in love with a troubled girl from the neighborhood and her troubles threaten to destroy his future.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40160135
UPC 786936164725
UPC 14 00786936164725
Format DVD
Release Date 4/8/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
High School Experiences
Los Angeles, California
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL is not your typical teen romance. The film offers a grittier, more realistic take on the subject than most. It manages to be sweetly romantic without pandering to, or insulting, the intelligence of its intended audience. Director John Stockwell uses an unobtrusive, verité style to bring a strong script from debut screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi to the screen. Stockwell began his film career as an actor (perhaps best known for playing the main character's best friend and protector in John Carpenter's CHRISTINE), and that experience is evident in his handling of the cast. The multifaceted Kirsten Dunst (BRING IT ON) plays the troubled Nicole, a rich girl whose self-destructive behavior stems from a traumatic experience in her past. Newcomer Jay Hernandez makes a strong impression as Carlos, a talented, intelligent, straight-laced Latino boy determined to succeed despite the obstacles life has thrown at him. When the two hook up, cultures clash. CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL has a rare freshness and authenticity, providing a different perspective on the family lives of these teens, and allowing the chemistry between the attractive and engaging lead actors to guide the film.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Kirsten Dunst deserves an untarnished gold star for her touching performance..." 07/19/2001 p.55
USA Today "...The two stars express the feverish intensity of their passion as well as the infectious joy of young love....[Dunst] graduates to the next level of performing..." 06/29/2001 p.6E
New York Times "...Ms. Dunst and Mr. Hernandez are both smart actors....[The characters] are conceived and acted with refreshing nuance....A lively and varied soundtrack....Moments of easy, lyrical sensuality..." 06/29/2001 p.E14
Entertainment Weekly "....Genuinely touching....Dunst, in her finest performance, has now transcended her fellow teen stars..." 07/13/2001 p.55
Box Office "...[A] well-cast and acted romance....In his bigscreen debut, Hernandez is a major find....The actor is enormously appealing..." 07/09/2001 p.23
Total Film "...[Dunst is] like some pint-sized emotional steamroller, with a jittery intelligence that makes you care..." 09/01/2001 p.99
Los Angeles Times "...Dunst has an impressive list of credits....She brings skill and a surprising amount of conviction to the uncharacteristic role....CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL is at heart an earnest, sweet-natured film..." 06/29/2001 p.15
Uncut "Dunst is totally convincing..." 09/01/2001 p.126
Directors
John Stockwell
Actors
Jay Hernandez
Kirsten Dunst
Cast & Crew
Richard Steinmetz - Actor
Bruce Davison - Actor
Heroan Osorio - Actor
Jay Hernandez - Actor
Kirsten Dunst - Actor
Lucinda Jenney - Actor
Soledad St. Hillaire - Actor
Taryn Manning - Actor
John Stockwell - Director
Shane Hurlbut - Director of Photography
Paul Haslinger - Musical Score
Rachel Pfeffer, et al. - Producer
Phil Hay - Writer
Matt Manfredi - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 23951
UPC 00786936164725
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Reviews
ReviewSource BBC Online
Review ...shines with solid performances from Davison (imbibing sensitivity and pain into what could have been your standard heavy-handed father role) and newcomer Jay Hernandez whose smile alone lights up the screen. But it is Dunst, bravely looking her worst, who drives the film. ...her intelligent, complex performance makes Nicole a charming, frustrating, pathetic, and ballsy protagonist worthy of screen time.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Jane Crowther
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Dunst,Kirsten
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
James Berardinelli's ReelViews Strong performances...Dunst exhibits impressive dramatic depth.
US Weekly Dunst and Hernandez sizzle!
Ebert & Roeper And The Movies Two thumbs up!
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...an unusually observant film about adolescence.

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