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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Tom Cruise
Bryan Brown
Elisabeth Shue.
Directors
Roger Donaldson.
Screenwriters
Heywood Gould.
Running Time
104 minutes

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Cocktail
With championship eightball and USAF dogfighting in a day's work, surely cocktail shaking is a sinch for the Cruiser…


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Plot
Bettering himself with a business degree, Brian Flanagan (Cruise) takes part time work as a cocktail waiter and is hooked by the apparently glamorous world of bar-mats and sticky linoleum. He ships his skills to Jamaica, falls in love and spouts some god-awful poetry.


Review
Cocktail must be one of the most irritating films to emerge for quite some time. What's so dreadful is its predictability—it's horribly apparent from frame one that by the time the words "The End" appear, Tom Cruise is destined to end up with the loot, the girl, a glittering barroom career and his morals just about intact.

There's some light relief from Bryan Brown as the dry-witted, laconic bartender Doug, but the feeling is that Brown and Cruise had much more fun making the film (they trawled the bars of New York for several weeks for the purposes of "research") than we will ever have watching it. In fact, Cocktail's remarkable success can only be put down to one factor: the extraordinarily charismatic allure of Tom Cruise, all gleaming teeth and Hawaiian shirt. (Interestingly, this was his last film before he made that giant leap from Brat Pack member to serious actor in Rain Man).

Cocktail is perhaps useful as slab of mindless, extremely decorative, fantasy entertainment (when was the last time you applauded a bar man! for doing a circus act—as the patrons in the film do— instead of just getting on with serving you a gin and tonic?).


Verdict
Cruise oozes as much charm as in Top Gun and The Colour of Money, but the mix of bar-acrobatics and Caribbean love isn't anywhere near strong enough to get you drunk.


Reviewed by Lola Borg

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Cocktail (1988) What has Mr Cruise done to blokes over the years huh. He made us all wanna join the military so we could play with fighter jets and have a cool nickname, play/hustle nine-ball for a living, be a NASCAR driver...but at one point he also made all men wanna become bartenders. The image...behind a slick neon lit bar, fast money and easy sex, who would say no?. Well the plot in this ever so 80's flick is a cocktail of drama in itself!. Kicks off as a loose dumb story about... More

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