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Cocktail ~ "The Bar is Open!"

  • Sep 2, 2000
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I don't like Tom Cruise. I will, however, watch a movie with him in it despite that. I liked his sultry nastiness in Interview with a Vampire, his sexy innocence in Risky Business, tolerated his James Bondness in Mission Impossible and accepted his cockiness in The Firm. But, honey, I woulda married that boy from Cocktail! That was a different Tom Cruise.

The movie means nothing. No great issues to solve world problems or goals for the hungry or ways to clean up the ecosystem. Just two guys serving drinks behind the bar? That and more. Two guys with a dream and drive. Two guys with opposing values and skills. Two guys accepting the inevitable in life.

Cruise was dynamic in his energy. Before he became so full of his pride and bloated ego. He was young and impressionable and edgy. He gave more to the movie than it deserved and more than he probably gave to any other. He is gorgeous, sexual and terribly alone. He dreams the dreams of us all and reaches for his impossible star. The Tom Cruise of this movie can make you believe your ideals are obtainable.

Brian Brown as his partner in crime was the perfect opposite to Cruise. He is an older, more shopworn person. Cute but aged, like a fine wine. While Cruise exudes sexual energy and blatant desire, Brown pays you back with experience and savvy. Brown still has his dreams as well and passes them on to Cruise. There is nothing more perfect than their bartending scenes - they move with fluidity, sexuality and confidence. Brown also has a lonely, wanting nature to him. His dreams are larger, more grandiose, more unattainable but his ability to express those dreams into his acting is wonderful.

Elisabeth Shue - oh, momma! To say anything would distract from her glory.

And I love Gina Gershon, she always plays that rich bit*** girl. Flaunting her beauty in your face, defying you to think she is anything but a saint and in the end she always comes off as nasty, nasty, nasty! A great actress.

The movie is flamboyant. It is beauty on the ocean with the waves cascading in, edgy with the blaring music of the nightclubs, predictable with its storyline and loveable with its ending. It is MTV on steroids. The bartending scenes are practically gymnastic in influence, I can barely pour a Pepsi into a glass let alone toss those bottles in the air! And, oh the music. Something for everyone - rock, reggae, or slowly sensual. It is one movie where the music makes the scenes.

Other than the terrific bar scenes and the wonderful music, the movie is basically nothing but fun eye candy. But every once in a while, you have to just sit back and watch one just for the fun of it! There are some harsh scenes in the movie and some harsh realities. All dreams come at a price even Cocktails and Dreams


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Two bartenders at a busy Manhattan watering hole dream of someday owning their own bars. Their present lives consist of elaborate drink-mixing performances and sleeping with many of the female customers, until a fight over a woman causes the younger bartender to flee to Jamaica. <br> In Jamaica he finds true love with a vacationing waitress, but blows it when his materialist instincts get the better of him and he takes up with a wealthy, older, New York fashion designer. She brings him back to the city, where he lives as a kept man for a time, but realizing that love will make him happier than money, he seeks out the waitress, and tries to win her back.
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Director: Roger Donaldson
Release Date: 1988
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Buena Vista Home Entertainment (August 13, 2002)
Runtime: 1hr 43min
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