Sebastian Silva’s “Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus” is one of the funniest and weirdest movies I have seen this year. It stars Michael Cera as Jamie, an American whose in traveling in Chile. He enlists the help of his friend Champa and his brothers in obtaining a San Pedro cactus so that they could use it for hallucinogenic purposes.
Jamie meets a woman named Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann) at a party and in a moment of drunkenness he invites her to come with him and Champa (Juan Andres Silva) on a road trip. The following day when Jamie and Champa are heading out on the road he receives a phonecall from Crystal Fairy who tells him that she is waiting for him at the station he told her about the previous night. Both Jamie and Champa is surprised that she is actually coming along and her presence causes quite a discomfort for Jamie who wants to experience everything his own way. This friction leads to series of comic events and a revelation that changes their perspectives of one another.
I could not stop laughing while watching this movie. Both Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann were hilarious in their roles. Cera’s Jamie is a self-absorbed young man who cares only about doing things his own way. Crystal Fairy on the other hand is fun-loving and free-spirited. She tries several times to connect with Jamie who makes fun of her and does not take her seriously.
The movie becomes serious towards the end with a dark secret that is revealed that completely changes the entire film from then on. Sebastian Silva does a great job with his material at hand and trying to present the differences of people and the connections that come forth from random encounters. This movie is definitely worth watching.