[CRYSTAL FAIRY opens in Cleveland on Friday August 2nd exclusively at the Cedar Lee Theatre.]
Review by Bob Ignizio
If you've never had the
experience of hanging out with a bunch of twenty-something dudes as
they drive around trying to score drug, then hanging out some more
while they take the drugs and spend hours looking at their hand and
laughing, CRYSTAL FAIRY
will more or less give you that experience. The plus side is that the
movie is only an hour and a half, whereas your average LSD or
mushroom trip can last all night. The downside is, it's still pretty
dull and annoying.
If there's a redeeming quality
to the film, it's that Michael Cera's character, who puts on a front
of being a more serious seeker of consciousness expansion by always
quoting Huxley's Doors of
does actually have a character arc and grow as a person over the
course of the film. His transformation is enabled as much by learning
to feel sympathy for another human being, specifically the “Crystal
Fairy” (Gabby Hoffman) of the title, as it is by anything he
experiences while under the influence. That makes for some nice
moments of genuine human emotional connection towards the end. It's
still a mighty tough slog to get there. Maybe some drugs would help.
2 out of 4 stars.