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Crazy/Beautiful
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Oct 8, 2004 By: JoBlo
Crazy/Beautiful order
Director:
John Stockwell

Actors:
Kirsten Dunst
Jay Hernandez
Bruce Davidson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A guy (Hernandez) and a girl (Dunst) from the other side of their respective tracks, meet, flirt, date and eventually fall for one another, despite the negating outside sources of their relationship. She's the rich, nutty daughter of a congressman and he's the son of a Mexican mom trying to do the best for her family. Much craziness and beauty ensues.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Kirsten Dunst is all growns up and I for one, and damn happy to see her there. Wow...talk about a crossroads in someone's career! (it's looking good for you, girl!) Excellent portrayal of a little girl lost, trying to find herself, attempting to mend her life and family, and falling in love, all at the same time. Kirsten gives us all the emotion needed to feel for her character, all the charm in the world to adore her character and all the angst needed to relate to her as well. She's also got to be applauded for giving up such a raw performance (I'm talking about very little vanity in this film, folks), with little fancy-wear, little make-up, lots of flip-flops and many a "hangover" look. Congrats...you've successfully crossed to the other side. I also gotta give it up to her co-star, Jay Hernandez, who despite having the less "involved" role of the two (he's the "beautiful"), does well and gives us someone to cheer for as well.

And why am I talking more about the stars of this movie, rather than the story? Well, I think we've all seen the tale of "forbidden love" in a zillion different incarnations, so this one's not breaking any originality records on that front, but I really enjoyed this flick despite that, and much of that had to do with the chemistry between the two leads, the sincerity which they displayed together on-screen and the emotions that they were able to stir up with their loving story (yeah, yeah...I gulped real hard near the end). Granted, the movie plays a lot more like a MTV music video at times and I don't think I've ever witnessed a more "fun-loving" couple on screen (damn kids, I wanted to be a part of your relationship myself!), but it does the job with sincere and effective performances from its leads, who don't give in to the easy cliches of their environment and create three-dimensional characters for whom the audience ultimately cares.
THE EXTRAS
There is an audio commentary featuring both the director John Stockwell and Kirsten Dunst (yay!), which is a pretty decent listen, with no dead time and lots of giggles and honesty from Dunst (she actually tells of certain things that she didnt like in the movie, including the lame-ass titlegotta love her). Interesting tidbits: lead actor Jay Hernandez doesnt speak Spanish in real-life, 60% of the people in the film had never been in front of a camera before and most importantly, apparently Dunst was a virgin at the time that she met director Stockwell for the part in this movie (he blurts this out at one point, and shes quite embarrassed about itpretty funny!).

Blurring Fiction and Reality is a 15-minute making of the movie, but not really the entire movie. It actually just focuses on the three real kids that were hired to play Jays Mexican friends. Kinda weird, to be honest with you (why call it a making of?) It was somewhat interesting, but I would have preferred some info on how Jay Hernandez actually snatched the lead role and more stuff with Kirsten (shes adorable). Still cool to see though.

There are 5 deleted scenes on this DVD (and nope, the rumored Kirsten Dunst nudie sequence is nowhere to be found...damn the world!), which can be watched with or without commentary from director Stockwell. The scenes are pretty long, about 10 minutes in all, but also obvious as to why they were deleted. They feature mostly gangbanger type stuff, and seeing as the film concentrated more on the relationship, this seemed out of place. There are also two sneak peeks here, but lets just call them what they really arewhich is trailers! Two Disney flicks: JUST VISITING and DOUBLE TAKE. You can also check out this films own trailer with commentary from the director.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
One of the things that continually fuels my love for movies are the surprises which it tends to throw my way every now and then, and this film is a perfect example of just that. I expected a goofy, teeny-weeny fluffy MTV romance flick for the kids, but got a pretty intense look at grown-up Kirsten Dunst, in a dramatic relationship with a serious-minded boy with dreams of his own. Toss in some "family issues" and you've got yourself a pretty effective human drama (but admittedly, the MTV "feel" is still present). The extras and audio commentary are also pretty solid, making it an all-around decent pick for anyone interested in the genre.
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