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Crystal Fairy Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Watching a bunch of people take a drug trip is seldom either entertaining or edifying, but Chilean director Sebastian Silva manages to make it at least tolerably amusing.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Stamets

    Chilean writer-director Sebastian Silva re-creates a youthful road trip with a head trip at the end in Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, more character sketch than psychedelic sojourn.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    The film is often beautiful and appealingly light. Every clear-eyed insight into why pushy people insist on pushing is matched by loose ensemble humor and lyric reveries.

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Pause for kids 17 & under

Offbeat, well-acted dramedy about search for hallucinogen.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Crystal Fairy is an offbeat dramedy about men and women whose weaknesses are revealed, often harshly, during a camping trip laced with mescaline. It's a fascinating -- albeit mature -- study of human behavior and group dynamics. Expect nudity (full frontal for women, back view for the men), some swearing ("s--t," "a--hole," etc.) and plenty of scenes with characters indulging in all sorts of substances, including cocaine. Indie fave Michael Cera stars.

  • Families can talk about what type of movie Crystal Fairy is. Is it a road film, or some other offshoot? Does the film twist that subgenre into something else entirely?

  • How does the movie depict substance use/abuse? Is it glamorized? Are there realistic consequences?

  • Why do you think Jamie and Crystal Fairy collide? Are they very different, or perhaps too much alike in ways they don't want to be?

  • Is Jamie a bully? If yes, why? If not, why not? Does he exemplify a type of tourist who repels locals?

The good stuff
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    Messages: It's enveloped in the quest for a hallucinogenic substance, but there's a message about the idea that a shared adventure can be quite a bonding experience. Also, the movie promotes the idea of not judging a book by its cover.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Jamie's actually pretty boorish and inconsiderate and very entitled. Crystal Fairy has a bigger heart, but is she authentic? Champa, Pilo and Lel, are warm and open, balancing the other two, who sit at extremes.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A group of women accosts a tourist in a square and the men who come to her rescue. They're very aggressive about asking for money, pushing and shoving. There's frank talk of what a dominatrix does for her customers. A man needles a woman to the point that it verges on bullying. A character talks about a rape, and it's a horrific, affecting scene.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A woman jokes about having an orgy. She also walks around stark naked for a significant chunk of the movie, the camera lingering at times, in close-up. Men's backsides are also shown. A man talks to two prostitutes about their job. Revealing photos depicting people in sexual situations are briefly shown.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "damn," "s--t," and "a--hole."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Ford, Mitsubishi, Lays, and other brands make brief appearances.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The plot revolves around the hunt for the San Pedro, a cactus that, if cooked for a long time over low heat, takes on seriously hallucinogenic properties. Party guests smoke weed and snort cocaine, and one of the characters does so much that he can't sleep. Some beer and liquor-drinking at a party.