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Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus (2013)

Michael Cera , Gaby Hoffmann , Sebastián Silva  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Directors: Sebastián Silva
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EMAGJOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,365 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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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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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Half Baked February 3, 2014
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It's not enough to have characters who are "like real life" if they are not doing or saying anything interesting. Perhaps someone who has partied through a third world country or taken a hallucinatory drug with a bunch of naive slackers will feel more connected to this material. Michael Cera is at his most unlikeable with this character and the girl who plays Crystal is just your standard cliche of a hippie chick. It's all pretty pointless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend... January 28, 2014
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This movie felt long and it never really picked up. When I watched the previews it seem somewhat funny, but it wasnt. I wouldn't recommend...
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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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Dale H. Ross
2.0 out of 5 stars Chilean director and American star join forces to create Mescaline...
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Chilean writer/director Sebastián Silva was successful with his auspicious 2009 debut, 'The Maid'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Turfseer
2.0 out of 5 stars Just watch the trailer
The trailer was very funny. The movie was not. I love Michael Cera, but this movie didn't do him the justice of playing the same character over and over again.
Published 3 months ago by Bradley F. Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair at best
Didn't love this movie. Too far fetched and non-sensical. Just didn't care for the storyline ....though imagery was cool. Not my cup of tea.
Published 3 months ago by kinofrad
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't meet my expectations
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Chase
1.0 out of 5 stars I hope Michael Cera never does this to me again
This was easily the most disappointing movie I have seen all year. I had expectations, as a fan of Michael Cera (and a fan of movies about hallucinogens); My expectations were that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason Harrington
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