cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

amazon.gif
Top Selling DVD     Books

BLU-RAY DVDs:
50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Robocop
Selma
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
Akira
Avatar
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Bambi
A Bug's Life
Cars
Chronicles of Narnia set
Coraline
Ghostbusters
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Ratatouille
Rio
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
combo
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE

OFCS

Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

 DISNEY PIXAR DVDs
Alice in Wonderland
Bambi
Beauty and the Beast
Bolt
Cinderella
Coraline
E.T.
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Pinocchio
Princess Mononoke
Ratatouille
Rio 
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy


Click for full sized poster

Buy the Poster

Crazy/Beautiful

Starring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez
Screenplay by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
Directed by John Stockwell
website: www.crazybeautiful.com

IN SHORT: Less two music vids, a surprising good movie (if you're under 30). [Rated PG-13 for Mature Thematic Material Involving Teens, Drug/Alcohol content, Sexuality & Language. 95 minutes]

And we know Kirsten Dunst is cute ... and all the teen girls at the screening cheered when Jay Hernandez stripped off his shirt, so we've got wallpapers of both of 'em for y'all --Click here -- and CrankyCritic® StarTalk with Kirsten Dunst, too.

OK, let's do this as quickly as possible: take a standard teen love story but stock it with an upper class white chick and a much poorer (but higher in emotional and moral class) Hispanic love interest. Stuff in a dozen or more songs -- let the kidlets sing along on some (that works) or just plug 'em in to subtly promote the soundtrack CD (it's too obvious and overdone) -- some incredible looking teens and just enough nudity to avoid an "R" rating and keep the teen audience and you've got a teenflick with all the points that Cranky likes to rip apart with our usual style and aplomb....

and we thank writers Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi for not going in any of the directions we (or you) that this story could go. We thank actors Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez for doing great jobs (dittos support by Bruce Davison and Taryn Manning). We wish director John Stockwell had dropped at least two or three songs from the "let's show a developing relationship visually set to a potential hit song" realm; we'd ignore it if the audience wasn't doing a negative riff on it.

Our first encounter with the lovely blonde and pale Nicole Oakley (Kirsten Dunst) finds her doing community service time on a California beach. A couple of Hispanic boys make small talk. One of them, Carlo Nuñez (Jay Hernandez), recognizes her from the high school they go to. Carlos "goes" to school, two hours each way on a bus. Nicole makes it a part of her day when she can stumble out of her dad's Malibu mansion and/or decides to actually stay in class. Most of the time she ducks out with best friend Maddy (Taryn Manning) to get high or drunk or both. Nicole is the perfect example of the downward spiral on the road to total self-destruction. Except that she thinks Carlos is cute, and way too straitlaced (he wants to get into Annapolis to become a Navy pilot) to be anything more than a challenge.

You can see it coming: Her lifestyle (drugs, drink, a family split by divorce, the usual) can pull him down. His lifestyle (straight-shootin' man with a plan) holds the potential to save her from the Spiral. Their parents (including Bruce Davison as Nicole's Congressman father), friends, teachers all get in the way, sometimes with good intentions, sometimes not. Love will triumph. Love will end in tears, and/or e) all of the above, done in none of the ways we expected. Only the music video tape segments get in the way.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Crazy/Beautiful, he would have paid . . .

$5.00

It's a dateflick for the teens/ 20somethings.

amazon com link Click to buy films by John Stockwell
Click to buy films starring Kirsten Dunst
Click to buy films starring Bruce Davison
Click Here!

The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.