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Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus [Blu-ray] (2013)

Michael Cera , Gaby Hoffmann , Sebastián Silva  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Directors: Sebastián Silva
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EP22PFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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During a road trip through Chile, boorish American expatriate Jamie (Michael Cera) and three Chilean brothers plan to set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of unrivaled hallucinations. But during a night s drunken stupor Jamie invites free-spirited fellow American Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann) along on their psychedelic-driven journey, and before long Crystal s devil-may-care attitude gives them more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for. A mix of the acerbic, the spaced out and the heartfelt (Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times), director Sebastián Silva s (The Maid) CRYSTAL FAIRY & THE MAGICAL CACTUS is a coming-of-age road movie experience unlike any other.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is a piercingly gentle tale of self-discovery and drugs. But it's not your typical drug movie - it's not wacky nor scary. It's not about the delights of drugs, nor the dangers.

The always-fascinating Michael Cera plays a self-absorbed, insensitive college kid named Jamie who is on a quest to try mescaline. He travels to Chile and plans a trip to find the necessary cactus with some friends. He ends up being joined by a hippie girl full of cosmic consciousness, and they have a passive-aggressive battle over control of the road trip.

This movie is utterly real, probably because it is mostly improvised. The small group of actors cobbled the story together in a week while living together in Chile, and then filmed it. It's based on a real experience and people that director Sebastian Silva knew. Gabby Hoffman, who plays Crystal, admits she was actually on mescaline when they filmed the drug trip scene.

I've known people like this. I've been people like this. This movie is so awkwardly authentic that I found myself laughing and wincing at the same time (Jamie's fascination with Huxley's "The Doors of Perception" is an especially nice touch - it's so stereotypical). The drug trip is realistic, and it illustrates the fact that psychoactive drugs can cause changes in you - but not the ones you may have been expecting. The changes tend to be much less spectacular and much more private than people think.

This is a movie about ego, perception, compassion, and realizing that the world is never quite like you want it to be.

If you've never been through this chapter in your life, you will likely find the movie boring, anti-climactic, and maybe even poorly acted. But if you can relate to what's going on, this is one of the best movies of it's kind. Hell, it's one of the only movies of it's kind.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Real September 15, 2013
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Although this movie may not leave you feeling inspired or awed, I certainly recommend it for a chill night in. It was funny, in an offbeat way, and was entirely based in realism. The characters are very well rounded and relatable. Michael Cera tends to be in outrageous movies, and we selected this thinking that it would be a psychedelic Superbad; I am pleased to say it is so much more. It is deep and honest and not at all cliche. Beyond the surface level, it is the story of a man overcoming his ego.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie January 2, 2014
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It's an amazing cinematic experience that's emotional and real. If you're open to the experience then it can take you on a journey worth taking.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cera is the best September 6, 2013
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Moving film. And funny. Cera plays his character very well. The chick playing Crystal Fairy is a hoot. I loved it. Hope to see more from this film maker. All his characters were extremely well captured. The writer can take a bow as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raw January 31, 2014
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this is one of the most beautiful raw and organic films i've ever seen...

if you like travel...time travel...mind travel...heart travels... you will probably be into this.

psychedelic...reminds me a bit of ayuasca's effects

really moving.

cera's character emits great change.

the ocean scene while tripping is epic.

gaby hoffman is wicked rad, again.

was skeptical getting into it, but as the film closed, I was hypnotized by my screen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie February 4, 2014
By Arnold
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Really enjoyed this film, it really hits on some wonderful points! Tradition rights of passage, check it out you might dig it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tripping on a road trip... August 8, 2014
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Great movie. I think Michael Cera made a wise and very mature decision about shooting films with the Chilean director Sebastian Silva.
I respect young actors who go for the independent movie-making at the start of their career, and not just constantly aim at making a Hollywood blockbuster. While visiting Chile in 2013, Cera shot two movies with Silva, the other movie is entitled Magic Magic, which I hear also comes highly recommended. Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus is an independent production with low-budget, but watching the movie it seems as if those things don't really matter because the acting is great and the atmosphere even better. Very laid back movie with an important message in human interpersonal relations. We as people have all experienced road trips or trips/voyages were after certain time the people we are traveling with begin to get on our nerves, and the feeling might be mutual (it usually is)...for there is no better way to get to know someone really well like going on a long-lasting trip where everything is bound to happen...and human nature together with patience will be tested...
Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus is a movie every young person should watch more then once (the movie should be viewed once when sober, and at least once while under the influence). Also, those who saw Y Tu Mama tambien (2001) and liked it, will appreciate Crystal Fairy & The San Pedro Cactus even more. That will be all folks.

ps. Gabby Hoffman, who I remember as a child actor and a cute-sweet little girl,....has changed a lot, and see how much I am talking about...her role-acting in this one is purely phenomenal...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eh. Watch it. I mean, why not? July 8, 2014
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This movie was definitely good. It's a funny movie about relationships and self-discovery where you would expect to see Michael Cera in the role he played.
It felt somehow off-putting at times as normal human interactions often do. Things were not always clearly explained nor did the characters react with profound moments of revelation or resistance as typical narratives show.
This was definitely an indie film which caters to those of deeper sensibilities who enjoy having to think about the message and engage in a thoughtful discussion with a friend thereafter.
Irreverent, silly and appropriately awkward, it's definitely worth at least renting and giving a couple hours of your time to take this in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love, love, love...
Published 15 days ago by laurel nathanson
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb, pointless
Dumb, pointless, filthy. I was a Michael Cera fan from his Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim roles. I will be more discerning in the future.
Published 1 month ago by Mark L. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Stoney
1.0 out of 5 stars where did michael cera go wrong?
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Movie was horrible... Will never watch again.
Published 2 months ago by carly alwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Weak on plot....
Published 2 months ago by Laurence Bankole
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho-hum
Not nearly as interesting as the trailer suggested. Kind of a ho-hum, kids doing drugs movie until the end where the Crystal Fairy character reveals a horrific experience which... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas J. Fitzpatrick
1.0 out of 5 stars pointless and ridiculous
The entire time I watched this movie I could not get over how completely stupid it is. The viewer, or better put, the viewer as voyeur of the mundane, is dragged through a series... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jo T.
2.0 out of 5 stars Eponymous Character Stands Out
Crystal Fairy is well-realized here but the lead male is very weak and the film only is "alive" when "Crystal" is on the screen.
Published 8 months ago by Dale H. Ross
2.0 out of 5 stars Half Baked
It's not enough to have characters who are "like real life" if they are not doing or saying anything interesting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mr. contrarian
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