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Crazy/Beautiful

The first time Latino student Carlos Nuñez (Hernandez) hangs with troubled rich girl Nicole Oakley (Dunst) and her directionless friends, he gets a detention. He's not amused: it takes two hours on the bus from his home in East LA to the Pacific Palisades school they both attend. Nevertheless the relationship blossoms into a reckless, exquisitely teenage romance. Nicole's stepmom and Congressman father don't care what she does. But Carlos' family are furious. What's he doing, throwing away hard-won opportunities - and over a white girl? When even Mr Oakley (Davison) advises caution, on the ground that Nicole will drag him off the rails after her, Carlos wonders if his dream of becoming a USAF pilot isn't more important. Affectingly directed, this takes every cliché in the teen-rom-dram book - and squeezes some life out of them. All credit to the leads, especially Dunst, whose raw, egoless performance betokens great things. The ending, of course, is a cornball cop-out, but otherwise, for a Hollywood genre movie this feels wonderfully real.

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Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Stockwell
Screenwriter: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Cast: Kirsten Dunst
Jay Hernandez
Lucinda Jenney
Taryn Manning
Rolando Molina
Bruce Davison
Hernan Osorio
Miguel Castro
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