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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Stockwell
Produced by Rachel Pfeffer
Harry J. Ufland
Mary Jane Ufland
Written by Phil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Starring Kirsten Dunst
Jay Hernandez
Bruce Davison
Music by Paul Haslinger
Cinematography Shane Hurlbut
Edited by Melissa Kent
Touchstone Pictures
Ulfland Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • June 29, 2001 (2001-06-29)
Running time
99 minutes [1]
135 minutes (Director's cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million[2]
Box office $19.9 million[2]

Crazy/Beautiful (stylized as crazy/beautiful) is a 2001 romantic drama film starring 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 (where Dunst's character lives), and East Los Angeles (where Hernandez's character lives).


Nicole Oakley, the spoiled, rich, out-of-control daughter of congressman Tom Oakley, meets a working class Mexican-American straight-A student, Carlos Nuñez, resulting in a clash of cultures, values, and a love affair. Nicole is troubled because her mother committed suicide when she was very young. She feels unwanted by her father, who is now married to another woman and has another young daughter with his new wife. Carlos, on the other hand, is from a poor background and working hard towards becoming a Navy pilot. They meet at a beach while Nicole is on "community service" and discover they attend the same high school.

They later fall in love, and Carlos spends so much time with her that he stops performing well in school. Carlos is applying to the U.S. Naval Academy and Nicole's father suggests Carlos talk to him about gaining his Congressional sponsorship to the Academy. During their meeting, Nicole's father tells Carlos that he needs to break up with Nicole if he does not want her to destroy his life. Carlos does break up with her, which leads Nicole into depression and back into wild, drunken partying. One night, Carlos really misses her and when he calls her, he finds out she is getting drunk at a high school party. He crashes it and saves a drunken Nicole from a boy trying to take advantage of her. Carlos drives her home, but they get stopped by the police.

As a result of this incident, Nicole's father and stepmother decide that she needs to go to a boarding school far away from home; Carlos rescues her and they run away together. While they are away, Nicole realizes she is really messing up Carlos's life by taking him away from his dreams and goals, so she decides to sober up. They go back home and she makes up with her father. Her father thanks Carlos for not listening to his advice to stay away from Nicole. In the end credits, we see that Carlos has become a pilot with the Navy.



The film came and went at the box office when it was released in the summer of 2001, however, Kirsten Dunst was praised for her performance. The film opened at #9 at the U.S. Box office taking in $4,715,060 USD during its opening weekend. The film eventually grossed a worldwide total of $19,937,988 on a $13 million budget.[2]


The soundtrack album was released by Hollywood Records on June 6, 2001; Seven Mary Three's "Wait" served as the album's English lead single; La Ley's "Siempre (Every Time)" was its Spanish lead single. "Wait" charted considerably well and its music video, directed by the film's director Stockwell, featured Dunst and Hernandez.[3] editorialist Rickey Wright gave a mixed review of the soundtrack, citing groups like The Dandy Warhols, Mellow Man Ace, and Delinquent Habits as "evocative" while also stating that it "hardly makes a good argument for the continuing validity of guitar rock."[4]

  1. "Ten Le Fe" - Mellow Man Ace
  2. "Who am I?" - Lily Frost
  3. "To Be Free" - Emiliana Torrini
  4. "Wait" - Seven Mary Three
  5. "Every Time" - La Ley
  6. "La Reina Del Lugar" - Serralde
  7. "Shattered" - Remy Zero
  8. "Boulevard Star" - Delinquent Habits (featuring Michelle)
  9. "This is Not My Life" - Fastball
  10. "Sumpin'" - The Pimps
  11. "Alright" - Osker
  12. "Sleep" - The Dandy Warhols
  13. "She Gave Me Love" - The Getaway People
  14. "I Want to Believe You" - Lori Carson & Paul Haslinger
  15. "Perfect" - Maren Ord
  16. "Siempre" - La Ley
  17. "This Year's Love" - David Gray


  1. ^ "CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2001-06-28. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Crazy/Beautiful at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Hollywood Records to Release Bilingual/Bi-Cultural "Crazy/Beautiful" Soundtrack Hispanic Times Magazine (September 22, 2001). Retrieved on September 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Wright, Rickey Crazy/Beautiful: Original Soundtrack Retrieved on September 13, 2008.

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