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      Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

      Released Jul 12, 2013 1 hr. 40 min. Comedy List
      83% 93 Reviews Tomatometer 50% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Jamie invites an eccentric woman on a road trip with his friends. His devil-may-care journey becomes a battle of wills, as the two lock horns before they try a hallucinogenic concoction. Read More Read Less

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      Slight and unpolished, The Crystal Fairy is held together with Sebastian Silva's assured direction and a pair of strong, committed performances from Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffman.

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      Bob P You keep waiting for something to happen but this film just meanders through a drug never-ending party of 20 something year old characters. Seeing Crystal Fairy totally nude for significant minutes is certainly interesting but the guys never truly connect with her. The end is emotional but it happens too abruptly. Not a movie I would recommend. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Depending on your mood you could either enjoy the movie unfolding or be annoyed as hell. Pace is slow, so prepare. Gaby Hoffmann absolutely steals the show with her completely believable performance. Even though she is nude for some of the movie, it is not titillating and perfectly fits her character. Michael Cera's character is not very likable but it serves it's purpose and he does a great job. The other actors gave nice performances as well. So, if you are filling chill, relax and watch the movie unfold. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review dave s Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus is a likable enough film, but I defy anyone to explain why. The two main characters certainly aren't likable, the plot is a bit thin, and, other than a revelation from Crystal Fairy (Gabby Hoffmann) at the end, the whole thing just sort of leaves you hanging. Despite that, I liked it. Jamie (Michael Cera) is a narcissistic and boorish American tourist who embarks on a road trip with three locals to find the rare San Pedro cactus, known for its hallucinogenic traits. The scenery is nice enough and Cera is fantastic as the truly detestable lead character. I guess that that's good enough for me. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review spyrel s I thoroughly enjoyed this, but recognize it's a chill movie. You have to be comfortable to chill and let it unfold. I also found it an extremely realistic depiction of traveling in your 20's in a certain milieu. That means it meanders a bit, and you're left with strong memories but not a simple "this was the point of what just happened" message. Like that trip you took, you go back to it, to remembered people, images and moments, and kind of piece it together in your own narrative over time. All the acting is great. Michael Cera is a painfully annoying American and also someone you recognize well, maybe with even a cringeworthy awareness that there are brief moments of cluelessness that look personally familiar. Give it a try. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member College student experience, script and production. Cera's character is so irritating it's hard to get through until he "transforms" from his magical experience. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This film was almost good. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      J. Hoberman Jamie and Crystal are vivid '60s types, indelibly played. Nov 21, 2018 Full Review Anna Smith It should appeal to fans of offbeat character-driven dramas - not to mention fans of Cera himself, who's embracing these morally ambiguous characters with gusto. Rated: 3/5 Sep 6, 2017 Full Review Mark Kermode Observer (UK) It pootles around in vaguely trippy fashion, relying on loose improvisation as the characters variously get on each other's nerves (and ours) before reaching a collective one-ness with the universe. Or something. Rated: 2/5 Jan 19, 2014 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter It's a tribute to the leads and the strong hand of Silva that we can be enchanted and repulsed by both. Jun 19, 2020 Full Review Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens Crystal Fairy weaves her spell over you from beginning to end. Nov 27, 2019 Full Review Nicholas Bell While there may not be much here as far as Cera reinventing himself, leave any of that baggage at the door for this loopy endeavor that is most certainly unpredictable, especially given its simplistic narrative. Aug 22, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Jamie invites an eccentric woman on a road trip with his friends. His devil-may-care journey becomes a battle of wills, as the two lock horns before they try a hallucinogenic concoction.
      Sebastián Silva
      Sebastián Silva
      IFC Films
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 12, 2013, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 28, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
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