• Publication date: February 20, 2010

Intense Passion A wealthy girl falls in love with a working class student: troubles start

CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL is not your typical teen romance. The film offers a grittier, more realistic take on the subject than most. It was director�s John Stockwell and writer�s Phil Hay efforts to bring it that way.

CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL is not your typical teen romance. The film offers a grittier, more realistic take on the subject than most. It was director�s John Stockwell and writer�s Phil Hay efforts to bring it that way.

The film, which is described as sweetly romantic , stars Kirsten Dunst as Nicole Oakley, Jay Hernandez as Carlos Nu�ez, Bruce Davison as Tom Oakley , Lucinda Jenney as Courtney Oakley, Taryn Manning as Maddy, Soledad St. Hilaire as Mrs. Nunez and Rolando Molina as Hector.

The movie presents the idea of �cultures clash�. It tells the story of a rich, out-of-control congressman's daughter Nicole Oakley, who meets up with a working class Mexican-American student Carlos Nu�ez , who has big dreams enduring 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 danger.

Will their intense passion keep them together despite the objections of their families or will Carlos be forced to go on without Nicole.

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.

Kirsten Dunst received generally positive reviews for her portrayal of the out of control rich girl.

The movie, which runs for 99 minutes, was released on June 29, 2001. It was distributed by Touchstone Pictures, gaining $16,162,786.