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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Tripping on a road trip...
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...
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Three stars is a stretch- really two and a half stars.
By Michael Atamian
This is one weird movie. It's clear it's an indie film, the sound is not that great and it's hard to understand a lot of the dialog. Cera plays an absolutely unlikeable egocentric jerk- he has no redeeming qualities at all until the very end. In real life this guy would have been thrown out of the car 10 minutes into the ride. Hoffman's character is meant to be more complex, and she is to some degree, but she really is just a hypocrite hiding from her past. The plot basically boils down to this: jerk meets hippie girl, they go on a trip looking to score a cactus that will net mescaline, they get high, and become less of a jerk (Cera) and more of a realist (Hoffman). The gratuitous nudity of Hoffman throughout the movie seems to have no purpose except to display her hippie hairiness, something Cera repeatedly mocks her over.
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Don't be put off by the average reviews--this is a great film!
The average rating for this film is misleading. If you have experienced, or can appreciate, Chile, the drug culture, and adventure/youth traveling abroad, then this is a film you should not miss. It has that relatively rare balance of misanthropy and humanism, cynicism and hope, that can provide the best perspective for understanding our species. It is a film with a small focus but has a lot to say about human nature. The performances are magnetic and convincing.