Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

Film, Comedy
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

Despite his tuft of hair and castrato squeak, Michael Cera isn’t the title character of this low-key drug comedy – but he’s floating soon enough. Cera makes the role of Jamie, an American coke fiend abroad, strongly unlikeable. He might be on an endless holiday in Chile, but he’s taken along a toxic sense of entitlement. When he meets a swirling, hirsute hippie chick at a party, who calls herself Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann), his first instinct is to mock her.

Director Sebastián Silva does wonders with these two – the ice king and earth goddess. The slender plot takes them to a beach where they plan to boil a stolen cactus and get high on it. But redemption for the odd couple is just a trip away; even though Silva emphasises awkward moments, he loses nerve with some easy emotional breakthroughs. That must be some killer cactus.

By: Joshua Rothkopf


Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday January 17 2014
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sebastián Silva
Cast: Michael Cera
Gaby Hoffmann
Agustín Silva

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Great acting Gaby Hoffman is a dreamboat as ever, perfectly playing the part of 'that girl we've all met at a party'. Michael Cera's performance across from her is equally great, you cringe throughout at the horrible 'white boy on a gap year' cliches as he punches his way through situations with pure entitlement.

I think there's lots in here that will ring true for the quarter life crisis crew, a great watch with unexpected character twists that make you feel less dready about which character you're most like- very Peep Show in taht way!

Very well acted. Reminds me of the festivals that I attended in the 1970s! Crystal Fairy looks like Freida Khalo the artist.