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Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus

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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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  • Actors: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Directors: Sebastián Silva
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EMAGJOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 20, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luke on 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,...watch and see how much I am talking about...her role-acting in this one is purely phenomenal...
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By Lala Paints on May 13, 2015
Format: DVD
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. This isn't as bad as Goodbye World, but if this is 1 star, GW is half a star. Someone give Gaby a good role please...
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There are extremely different reviews of this movie, because there are different people. Those who gave the movie a one start didn't understand the movie.
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I thought it was a terrible movie. I got bad vibes when I saw some of the bad stuff that was in it. Would not watch it ever again.
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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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Chase on December 28, 2013
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I had heard Crystal Fairy was a good, funny movie. But I didn't really care for this film. I have seen several other Michael Cera projects and liked them, this is certainly not one of those.
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