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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Stockwell
Produced byRachel Pfeffer
Harry J. Ufland
Mary Jane Ufland
Written byPhil Hay
Matt Manfredi
StarringKirsten Dunst
Jay Hernandez
Bruce Davison
Music byPaul Haslinger
CinematographyShane Hurlbut
Edited byMelissa Kent
Touchstone Pictures
Ulfland Productions
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • June 29, 2001 (2001-06-29)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$13 million[2]
Box office$19.9 million[2]

Crazy/Beautiful (stylized as crazy/beautiful) is a 2001 American teen 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 out-of-control daughter of congressman Tom Oakley, meets a working class Mexican-American straight-A student, Carlos Nuñez. Nicole's mother committed suicide when she was very young, and 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 is working hard towards becoming a Navy pilot.

They 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 end his relationship with Nicole, or she will destroy his life. Carlos breaks up with her, which leads Nicole into depression and back into wild, drunken partying. One night, Carlos calls her and finds out she is getting drunk at a high school party. He saves 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 step-mother 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 getting in the way of Carlos' dreams, 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 abandon Nicole. In the end credits, we see that Carlos has become a pilot with the Navy.



Crazy/Beautiful 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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