Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus
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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.
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...
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.
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A seriously insufferable movie with Cera playing Jamie, a complete douche that just craps all over Crystal Fairy, the movie's co-protagonist. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sweet film. Warning: must be drug and nudity cool or you'll probably be offended. Oh, the Michael Cera character is annoying, but most of the parts he plays are (it seems).Published 4 months ago by BGS
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 6 months ago by Dapper dan
Wow! I don't often see something this bad... half a star might be more accurate.Published 7 months 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 10 months ago by Orange Shelves