Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus [Blu-ray]
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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.
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
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.
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,...watch and see how much I am talking about...her role-acting in this one is purely phenomenal...
I didn't hate this film, but I almost did. The only thing keeping me from dropping the rating down to one star was the authenticity of the performances. Our two leads were incredibly annoying people, so that's not saying a whole lot, but I still give the actors kudos for being so believable.
The movie follows Jamie (Michael Cera), your proto-typical American blowhard, vacationing abroad in Chile. He's pompous, self-absorbed, rude, loud, abrasive, and thinks you should be able to solve any problem by throwing money at it. He has no time to get to know people, let alone care about them. In fact, his number one goal is to score a famous drug -- a drink called San Pedro -- that can only be made from the skin of a special cactus. Along the way, Jamie's crew is joined by Crystal Fairy, a girl who encompasses every single hippie cliche you could ever think of, including but not limited to hairiness, free-spirited monologues, casual nudity, and an obsession with vibes and magical rocks. Needless to say, Jamie hates Crystal Fairy from the get-go, and the two of them struggle to find a way to co-exist on the journey to go get messed up on drugs.
Writer/Director Sebastian Silva said the film was inspired by a true story, an experience he had that (according to the interview), taught him how to care for and connect with other people. This should be all you need to know in order to figure out where the movie is heading. Even though the script tosses in a few out-there surprises, they are all minor and mild and pretty much secondary to the story.
In other words (here's the spoiler), the movie is basically about how Jamie learns how to appreciate Crystal Fairy's Free Love attitude. How does he do that? By taking drugs.Read more ›
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excellent, captivating low budget independent film that i would recommend to those who are open minded and not interested in cliched hollywood stories. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dapper dan
Wow! I don't often see something this bad... half a star might be more accurate.Published 1 month ago by Zoron
Hilarious. Michael Cera is at his best--by far--as an annoying, entitled wastoid. Gaby Hoffman's character is annoying and entitled in her own way. Brilliantly cast and directed.Published 4 months ago by Orange Shelves
Didnt like it all, I expected it to be atleast a little funny but it was just strange..Published 6 months ago by henry Brown
Not sure about this movie, maybe this is that kind of movie that you have to watch several times in order to get the meaning.Published 7 months ago by Vern King
Made me hungry for a little bit of the cacti and a face full of the hairy fairy.Published 8 months ago by diana cd jacobs
Why does a great actress like Gaby Hoffman get roles in some of the worst movies ever made? I watch movies with her in them expecting them to be good, and they're awful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by prosecute hillary clinton
Good to see Michael Cera not playing the exact sort of role we've come to expect from him. This movie made me squirm a bit at times, which I think is testament to good work on the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Swagner