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Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus review

Some prickly hallucinogens...

Following his lusty coke fiend in This Is The End , Michael Cera continues his moral decline as Jamie, a boorish American determined to get off his head on mescaline in Sebastián Silva’s Chilean road trip.

The semi-improvised plot is thinner than Cera’s man-boy face-fluff, but Silva’s curio works best as a free-wheeling character piece, splicing oddball comedy with discreet depths.

Gaby Hoffmann is terrific as the titular free spirit, while Cera nails the neurosis lurking behind Jamie’s toxic-tourist front with deadpan precision.

No more Mr Nice Guy? Suits him.

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Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.