Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus ★★★★

This is a hilariously entrenched asshole un-adventure until it eventually cracks open for a faint touch of lyricism. Love how eye-rolling cynicism touches every part of the story, even when the more gentle revelations sneak through. Truly perfect casting to have Michael Cera play an obnoxious asshole. Love how this captures a specific group of people, time and place.

The joke is kind of on the Americans, but it still would have been nice to find space for the Silvas to have develop their characters beyond the more background reactive roles. The sound design and sneaky use of music is pitch perfect.

Gaby Hoffmann elevates the entire movie and is able to bring such unvarnished uncomfortableness and warmth to what could have been a depressingly objectified role. Perfect casting and a memorable performance.