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13 Sep 2013

Home Video Review: Michael Cera Turns in Some of His Best Work Yet in the Trippy 'Crystal Fairy'

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Gaby Hoffman and Michael Cera in Crystal Fairy. Gaby Hoffman and Michael Cera in Crystal Fairy.

Michael Cera stars in Crystal Fairy as Jamie, an American in Chile who is obsessed with the notion of drinking the juice of a hallucinogenic cactus. Along the way, he meets the strange title character (Gaby Hoffman), who joins Jamie and his group (which includes writer-director Sebastián Silva and his brothers).

Cera is very good here, playing a selfish, misguided man whose streak of humor sometimes ranges toward the cruel. Former child star Hoffman literally lets it all hang out as a star-child type who is hiding some decidedly less-esoteric traits from the group.

The movie is spacey, funny and a nice vehicle for Cera, who wound up having a great summer with this and his turns in This Is the End and the rebooted Arrested Development. The film gets him out of his comfort zone while playing up his fun quirks as an actor.

As for Hoffman—so good in an episode of Louie last year—she’s experiencing a legitimate career revival.

The film is now available for rental via sources including iTunes and Amazon.com; it will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 19.

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