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The quintessential love story; Cocktail embodies all that is wrong with the romcom genre. A fresh-faced bartender with a thirst for wealth and fortune ends up betraying his earlier indicated moral values and aspirations in favour of marriage and children. With corny twists and swerves, the context of the film leaves much to the imagination. It's a fickle world we live in, that the protagonist can leave behind a solid passionate relationship with the woman he loves in order to court an older and richer counterpart for the sake of a bet. There is no explanation for the stories' resolution. It appears that 'Trust' is earned without reason. The ending of the film is a complete contradiction of all you learn within the first hour. When you finally finish the film, ask yourself "how does he have the money?"
On a positive note, the audience will become engrossed with the male camaraderie and playfullness of both Cruise and Brown. The film is a guilty pleasure and will remain a cult favourite for all Cruise fans. In no way should the corny context deter future viewers.
Cocktail is probably the worst film in Tom Cruise's catalogue; it's incredibly corny (as is typical of a fare bit of his work from the 80s), and is just totally flimsy throughout. You'll want to have imbibed a fair amount of alcohol if you want to get through it without wanting to give yourself bodily harm, for it's not so much "fun cheesy" as it is "stale cheesy". The only way I made it through is by laughing for near enough the whole running time, because as a serious meditation, this film fails completely.
Annoyingly, for a film about a cocktail mixer (Cruise), the film takes itself a lot more seriously than you'd expect. It's pretty pompous that anyone involved with the film thought that it actually had anything profound to say, because frankly, watching a hotshot cocktail mixer experience existential ennui and then attempt to better himself just isn't that entertaining, and surprisingly, neither is watching a fleet of women fall head over heels in love with him. There are also some pretty rickety subplots with the supporting characters that are mostly forgettable.
Despite an 80s soundtrack that really evokes the spirit of the time, it's just not enough to make this cloying and disingenuous material work. The script is poorly written, and Cruise, despite turning in several great performances prior to this, just can't find a way to make it work, which isn't really any fault of his (even if this is his worst performance by far).
It is sometimes "so bad it's good", but mostly it's just not very good, and a ripe chance to satirise the vapid nature of this sort of lifestyle is just totally lost on a writer and director with the most backwards of intentions. Avoid unless you're an insomniac looking for a cure.
Tom Cruise is a funny one, an artist of two halves, a bit like Jacko. In his younger days, he was fresh faced, charismatic and everything he touched turned to gold. Nowadays he is a just a bit weird, and in all honesty, borderline scary. As a result, he almost appears to be two different people. Looking on IMDB, the last good film I could see was Jerry Maguire back in 1996. Painful to say the least. Here we have Cruise riding high on the likes of Top Gun, The Color (sic)of Money and (ahem) Legend (a poor man's Krull really)
Cocktail tells the story of Brian Flanagan (Cruise), recently out of the army and trying to live the American Dream and make something of himself. He starts bartending and finds out he is amazing at it. He is taken under the wing of master barman Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) and learns not only the trade, but a few things about life and love along the way.
The first thing you need to do when watching this film is leave logic at the door. Otherwise you will just end up doing yourself a mischief. Several parts of the film do not make sense and the characterisation is all over the place, despite (or perhaps because of) this, it is a great film to watch (probably with a woman, lets be honest here) and is a lot of fun.
Cruise is at his best here, all dazzling smiles and a show off to boot. The bartending scenes are pretty cool in all honesty and I don't think anyone could begrudge his performance. Brown is superb as Flanagan's jaded mentor, offering advice, tough love and cynicism at every turn as he tries to educate. Inevitably, the relationship sours over a, possibly schizophrenic, love interest (her actions make no sense AT ALL). Can Flanagan and Coughlin make up and live the dream of owning their own bar?
As I said earlier, nobody is going to watch this and consider it a masterpiece of cinema. There are several plot holes which I wont go into detail here as it does spoil the story. As we all know by now, this is nothing unusual for this type of 80s flick, but what is interesting is the little touches that go unnoticed. For example, the art gallery scene is hilarious (possibly hilariously bad) in the way it plays out, but as the scene climaxes, Cruise turns and threatens to lamp his current love interest. This is no mere case of mistaken identity, he actually considers planting one on her (hey Im all for equal opportunities)! As would be expected, these little insights into Cruise's character are never explored, but I found it interesting anyways.
The highlight of the film is no doubt the world weary Coughlin. Spouting pseudo-philosophical insights and dishing out some hilarious bouts of tough love, he is by far the most interesting character and I have no doubt that his Hustler story would have made a more interesting film than Cruise's Color of Money that we see here. Coughlin is no doubt in the right regarding their first falling out, but is it pride or stupidity to let Flanagan find out in the way he did? Any other way would have been less exciting I suppose, but for some one as experienced in the ways of the world as Coughlin, some of his decisions (including his actions at the end of the film) seem incongruous with the character.
All in all, not a bad film. And it does the job it sets out to do. I can think of plenty of 80s movies I would rather watch again, but this was by no means an awful experience.
Tom Cruise is Brian Flanagan - a guy fresh out of the army and determined to be successful and get rich. However dozens of interviews later and he's been turned down every time. He does get one offer though - from Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) who runs a local bar (basically TGI Fridays). His plan is to stay there and earn enough to pay for business school and then get out there and make a million. Doug tells him the best way to get rich is to marry a wealthy woman which Brian laughs off. Doug turns Brian into one of the best barman, showing him how to woo the ladies and make the bar money using flashy tricks like juggling with the bottles to various tunes from the juke box behind the bar. When the pair's talents are spotted they given jobs in a flashy nightclub up town but before long Doug has ruined their friendship and Brian is left to go it alone.
That's the basic story - if I say anymore I will have described the whole film. The film is basically a romantic comedy/drama and tells the tale of Brian and his need to become rich and successful - that's all that matters to him. He measures his success on how much money he's making. Until he falls in love and realises money isn't everything. It's a story of romance and how Brian battles his way through to win the girl of his dreams but has to contend with his need for money and success which rival his happiness. And it's also a story of his friendship with Doug and the connection the two of them have, Doug is almost like a teacher or mentor towards Brian throughout the entire film, always coming out with his wisdom (which he calls Coughlin's Law) and clichés as if he's a lot smarter than Brian when in fact they are both in the same jobs. Doug isn't a very good friend to Brian in the film but Brian seems to overlook this and sees Doug for what he is - a guy who is unhappy and lonely on the inside even though he's got everything he's ever apparently wanted.
One of the best things about Cocktail of course is Tom Cruise and his bottle juggling behind the bar. He apparently trained for weeks to learn how to do it and it really is a sight to behold and was copied by many a barman right up til the present day. Everyone still says to this day "watch, I'm going to do a Tom Cruise in Cocktail".
Of course Cocktail isn't going to win any Academy Awards but it's a great 80s flick which was made just after Tom Cruise made Top Gun which turned him into a megastar overnight. He does romance well and I think everyone would love him to make another film like Cocktail again. He also does the cocky character well, it's someone he plays in almost every film he makes and again he does it well, being part of his comfort zone. It's just good clean fun, not too taxing on the brain and totally entertaining to watch. Although I will say, it is cheesy, but it's an 80s film so you should expect no less!
Bryan Brown who plays Doug is a great counterpart for Cruise as well. The two of them connect well and bounce off each other especially in the bar scenes and Bryan brings his dry wit to the character - pulling him off as someone who looks down on people but at the same time is someone you kind of feel sorry for really. A guy with so much apparent wisdom who has spent his life working behind a bar yet belittles others for doing the same.
Elizabeth Shue as Cruise's love interest is adequate. You'll remember her from Turner and Hooch where she plays I have to say a somewhat similar role. She and Cruise have the chemistry necessary but her acting in a few scenes is somewhat questionable. However she does the job well.
Cocktail is a great film and I would highly recommend you see it. It's an 80s classic and full of fun, laughs, cheese and romance. It has a cheesy soundtrack to go with the cheesy story too! Think of such songs as 'Hippy Hippy Shake', 'Tutti Frutti', 'All Shook Up', 'Don't Worry be Happy' and 'Oh, I Love You So'. Brilliant 80s stuff! Very watchable. And it's only about £4 from Play.com so well worth the price tag. Although being an 80s film there's nothing on the DVD apart from scene selections.
Cocktail - An 80's classic directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days and Dante's Peak).
The star of this movies in the young, charming Tom Cruise (Brian Flanagan). Along with his gleaming smile he leaves the army and attempts to gain a job on Wall Street in Manhattan, New York. Being under qualifies he's unsuccessful and decides to study business and the local collage whilst working part time as a bartender.
Brian is finding things at the bar tougher than he expected and his first night I one he will not forget in a hurry. Ready the knock the job on the head Brian's boss Douglas Coughlin (Brian Brown) takes him under his wing and decides to show him the ropes and pass all of his wisdom in bartending, along with his experiences in life's other pleasures.
Brian is an instant hit at the bar and especially with all the women who come to see both Brian and Douglass perform their 'Circus act' of cocktail making. With things going so well the pair dream of owning their own cocktail bar, so much so Brian travels out to Jamaica to earn money working at a resort bar. It is here he meets Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue), a young american artist on holiday with her friend. They quickly fall in love, and back out again as brian takes on a dare that will end their relationship....or will it.
- My Thoughts -
A great cheesy classic film which has a great feel-good factor to it. Perhaps it will make you want to ditch your job and move to Jamacia and open a bar....it did with me! Great acting and I was impressed with Tom's juggling skills which he must have learnt to take on the part.
A great addition to your collection.
Cocktail sees Tom Cruise play the part of Brian Flanagan, a New Jersey college lad who wants a quick buck and so takes on a bar job where his mentor bartender Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) takes him under his wing and teaches him the art of being a cocktail bartender. The two take the New York bar scene by storm and everything is going brilliantly until Jordan Mooney (Elizabeth Shue) comes along and catches the attention of the boys but will all end happily ever after or will the boys betray each other?
This film is a classic of the 80's with absolutely fantastic performances from Cruise, Brown and Shue that bring a certain quality to the film that may not have existed had this been done with other actors. The cocktail bartending skills in the film are fantastic and extremely impressive to watch meaning that there is no need for loads of fancy special effects to make this entertaining. The story is one that I have always loved and feel is under-rated by many.
If you are a fan of Tom Cruise and the 80's then this film is one that is going to become a true favourite of your dvd collection.
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Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elizibeth Shue, Gina Gershon
Director: Roger Donaldson (other films by this director inc: sleeping dogs, no way out, cadillac man, thirteen days, the recruit and the bank job)
Screenplay: Heywood Gould
Run time: 100 mins
Cocktail is one of those films from the 80's brat pack era.
It Introduces us to the ambitious Brian Flannagan fresh out of the army and looking for success in the business world of New York. But when he finds gaining employment more difficult than he imagined he takes a dead end part time job at a local bar/tavern run by Doug Coughlin, just so he has enough cash to put himself through business school.
Of course at first he is useless as a barman, but as he gains more experience and confidence he learns the trade of professional cocktail bartender( the throwing of bottles and catching them......not sure what it is called), and his friendship with Doug is now a close one.
So the ambitious Brian is back, as he dreams of him and Doug opening their own bar 'Cocktails and Dreams', and say's they can earn the start up capital by working the bars in jamaica ,a dream that is not shared by the ever sceptical Doug.
The duo's talents are spotted by a new club owner who employs them on the spot, and this is where Brian meets Coral(Gershon) a sexy photographer and they start seeing each other.
Doug bets Brian she will be in bed with another man before the week is out, so one night she comes to the club and kisses Doug, who claims its nothing personal just to win the bet, a fight insues and then it cuts to Jamaica where Brian is now working to save enough money to go back to New York and make something of himself. Here is where he meets Jordan(shue) a pretty, intelligent girl who falls madly in love with Brian, untill that is Doug arrives back on the scene, and their friendship is ignited again, and again they have a bet, this time that brian couldn't land a rich chick, so he does, and needless to say he gets caught by jordan, she goes back home to New York and well Brian eventually goes after her when things don't work out with the rich chick and he realises what a good thing he had with Jordan.
But Jordan doesn't want him back and reveals she is pregnant with his baby.....its now down to Brian to convince her he has changed and is father material.
I don't usually write so much about the plot of a film but i don't think there is many people who haven't seen Cocktail.
It isn't a classic by any means, and is basically just your run of the mill romance, but what makes it good is the performances, a solid performance by Cruise, a great performance by Brown.....and the chemistry between Cruise and Brown really shows through in this movie.
The change of scenery from the busy New York to the relaxed, chilled atmosphere of Jamaica is welcome in the movie too.
Not a classic but a good solid entertaining film about love and friendship!!
If you're looking for the ultimate cheesy film, then you need look no frther than this 1988 Roger Donaldson film starring Tom Cruise as a student who gets a bar job to fund his studies, only to find that the glamorous world of cocktail bartending has endless possibilities. The film came shortly after Cruise starred in the blockbuster Top Gun, and marked his presence firmly in the Hollywood core of top billing actors.
Brian Flanagan leaves the army to work in New York in marketing. Finding a job is hard, and he sets about a business degree to make it easier. He gets a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin in order to fund his studies, and Doug soon shows him the tricks of the cocktail bar trade. Soon, Brian swaps the studies for the bar trade, and the pair become the best cocktail barmen in the city. Doug dreams of opening his own cocktail bar, and when Brian leaves for Jamaica and meets the gorgeous Jordan, Doug follows and the pair are reunited. However, the bar trade doesn't come without its pitfalls, and these are many as Brian and Doug find out.
The Cast and Performances
Tom Cruise stars as Brian Flanagan. His performance is nothing short of cheesy, but is hailed as spot on. The character is supposed to be young and arrogant, and this is exactly what Cruise portrays. Bryan brown is the ultimate mentor as Doug Coughlin, and the pair of actors combine very well to produce an enjoyable film. Elisabeth Shue provides the romance in the form of Jordan, and there is a brief cameo from Gina Gershon. Kelly Lynch plays Doug's wife Kerry, and the remainder of the cast support well.
No matter how cheesy I think this film is, most young men will find it hard to not want to lead the life Brian finds in this film. It is an envious lifestyle in many ways, and this is portrayed very well onto the screen. The director has done a good job of creating a typical 1980s feel good vibe, and the cheesy acting and music combine very well indeed. There is a good soundtrack featuring the likes of Bobby McFerrin, the Beach Boys' Kokomo and Robert Palmer's Addicted To Love.
The film had great success at the box office, and is considered a 'classic' in terms of Tom Cruise's impressive movie roles. I find myself watching this over and over again without tiring of it, and to me that is the mark of a good film. If I can watch it again and again without getting bored, it's a thumbs up in my book. The feel good nature it gives to many men who watch it is magnificent, although my wife finds Tom Cruise sickening in it, such is the level of cheese.
Overall, a good film which I'll give 4 stars. It's not top drawer by any means, but it is timeless and makes me smile. The DVD has no extras. It is available from amazon.co.uk for £3.98.
After leaving the army and moving to New York City, Brian Flanagan gets a part-time job as a bartender, while studying for a business degree. At first Brian is a terrible bartender, revealed in an amusing montage of his screw-ups. Over time, he learns the tricks of the trade from his boss/mentor Doug Coughlin Brian and Doug soon become great friends. Doug Coughlin tries his best to help Brian, and sees him as part of the family.
Eventually, Brian and Doug's bar act becomes very popular and they end up working at a trendy nightclub catering to New York's wealthy; As their popularity rises, Brian becomes the focus of attention from a sultry brunette named Coral. Quickly, they end up in a relationship. Doug bets him Coral will leave him by the end of the week, as he cannot see why coral would be attracted to him; to secure his bet Doug tells lies to coral, and then beds her. Obviously Brian is very upset and quits his job.
Brian ends up going to Jamaica, with his then girlfriend Jordan, and is trying to make enough money to open his new bar. The couple end up splitting again when Doug turns up and ends up causing trouble. She flies back to New York and leaves Brian in Jamaica he later follows her. But what will happen between them, what will the future hold. Well you will have to watch it and find out.
Brian: Days get shorter and shorter, nights longer and longer, before you know it; you life is just one long night with a few comatose daylight hours.
Brian: I'm looking for the Manager.
Doug: What's the problem? Did you find a hair in your quiche?
Brian: No, I'm looking for a job.
Doug: Ah, you'd like to put a hair in somebody else's quiche.
Brian: You're offering me a job?
Doug: Uh huh.
Brian: The waitresses hate me!
Doug: You wait till you've given them crabs. Then you'll really know hatred.
Brian: Should we let it breathe?
Doug: It hasn't breathed for fifty years, it's dead. Let's just drink it.
Brian: Listen, I'm sorry I called you a bitch.
Eleanor: Why? I am a bitch.
Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan
Bryan Brown as Douglas 'Doug' Coughlin
Elisabeth Shue as Jordan Mooney
Lisa Banes as Bonnie
Laurence Luckinbill as Richard Mooney
Kelly Lynch as Kerry Coughlin
Gina Gershon as Coral
Ron Dean as Pat Flanagan
Robert Donley as Eddie
Ellen Foley as Waitress Eleanor
Andrea Morse as Dulcy
This is an old classic film, the special effects of this film and great, and the acting, well what can you say Tom Cruise is in it loll. Most films I have ever seen him in I have really liked, and this one was no different. I have seen this film several times and still watch it every now and again.
Just to see them throwing the cocktails around, and all the bottles I found it so entertaining. The film was not just the cocktail that kept you entertained; it also had a good storyline to go with it. I will say Tom cruise made this film what it is with good actors behind him.
The soundtrack was great, and the songs went very well with how they were doing the cocktail shaking. There were quite a few oldie songs including all shook up, Tutti-Frutti and hippy hippy shake.
I would recommend seeing this film to anyone, I loved it and still do, there is really no downside to this film, but that is only my opinion, and you may have your own, so why not watch it and judge for yourself.
Having left the Army in search of a fortune and a decent career, ex service-man Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) finds that getting on the ladder to success is not as easy as he hoped. Forced into taking a part-time job in a busy bar whilst he studies. He soon becomes enthralled with the life style as he is taken under the wing of cynical bar manager Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) and between them become the hottest bar act in Manhattan as they juggle bottles whilst making cocktails. But when their relationship turns sour, Brian heads off too Jamaica in search of his dream, only to fall in love with a young artist, Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue) who is holidaying on the island.
I will readily admit that I love the 80s and in particular the films from the era. From 'Goonies' to 'Ghostbusters', there is something about these films which just bring a huge smile to my face. So it won't be a surprise to you when I say I also like 1988s "Cocktail" starring Tom 'cheesy grin' Cruise. But what will probably surprise you is when I say that it is an incredibly poor film with a weak plot, cheesy dialogue and not much grip on reality. But then none of these really matter as the whole point of this film is to entertain and it achieves this magnificently.
As is often the case with popular films from the 80s, the plot to "Cocktail" does not require a degree in nuclear physics to understand it let alone enjoy it. In fact some might say that a lot of the elements to the plot, most notably the romantic plot, have not only been poached from numerous other films but have been pieced together in such a haphazard manner that the brains behind this cinematic concoction must have been inebriated themselves. What is very apparent is that "Cocktail" is a film of two distinct halves with the first being the more original and enjoyable as the emphasis is purely on entertainment with a mixture of great music and the flair bartending. Whilst the second half tries too hard with a stronger emphasis on a poor story and a smattering of a predictable romantic theme, which feels so distinctly different to the first half that it not only feels out of place but fails to deliver. Ask anyone who has seen "Cocktail" and I would bet 9 out of 10 would tell you all about the first half but fail to remember the less than spectacular second. That is not to say the first half is perfect as the fact that it lacks any real grasp on reality is a bit disappointing. Yes the cocktail juggling is hugely entertaining, but in a packed bar where people come because they are thirsty, I am sure they wouldn't be clapping these alcoholic theatrics. This lack of reality sadly continues into the second half and whilst provides for some amusing moments which include a drunk Flanagan destroying a piece of artwork at an exhibition, again spoils the film a little. Add to this some amazingly cheesy but equally memorable dialogue, which includes the Gina Gershons character asking Brian Flanagan for an Orgasm, we are talking drinks here, and you have a film which really is quite laughable but in being so also hugely entertaining.
What is also very apparent is that despite having a strong cast which includes the likes of Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue and Gina Gershon this film is basically a Tom Cruise vehicle in the same manner as "Top Gun" and "The Color of Money". Not that I'm complaining as Cruise with his permanent grin and glint in his eye, he fits the bill perfectly as Brian Flanagan, a man who wants to make a fortune but also has an eye for the ladies, well he does manage to bed Gina Gershon, Elisabeth Shue and Lisa Banes in the course of one movie. This was typical Cruise before he started to take himself seriously as an actor and whilst it may not be a brilliant performance from the young Cruise it is definitely what he did best in the 80s. Where the film is slightly let down is the lack of character development for the supporting cast most notably in under using the brilliant Bryan Brown as Doug Coughlin. Yes the first half sees the bonding between Coughlin and Flanagan as the old cynic teaches him not only the tricks of the bar trade but also 'Coughlin's law' which has gems such as "When you can see the colour of their panties, you know you've got what it takes". But then the second half fails to carry this on and whilst their relationship progresses Brown seems to have been left on the bench in a part of the film which was crying out for someone who could handle the more serious side of it. Sadly the delightful Elisabeth Shue is stuck with such a poor character, in the form of love interest Jordan Mooney, that she has no chance to really define her character, which has the knock on effect of making the onscreen romance between Flanagan and Mooney seem completely contrived. Some might say that the poor characters were typical of the films in the 80s and to some extent I agree. Would the film have been better if they used the supporting characters more, I am not honestly sure, but it would probably have given the film a different feel, one which may not have made it so entertaining.
One thing which does stand out about the movie is a brilliant sound track which for those who have fond memories of 80s music will undoubtedly enjoy but also with the addition of a few older ones, it gives the film a real party feel. With a mix of pop, reggae and a bit of good old fashioned Rock n Roll it really has something for everyone, from "All Shook Up" through to "Don't Worry, Be Happy". But the songs which really stick in your mind have to be "Addicted to Love" and "Hippy Hippy Shake" as well as a drunken renditions of "Chantilly Lace" all of which appear in the first half. What is very clear is that the soundtrack to "Cocktail" is of a huge importance and it is the driving force behind many of the scenes, especially those which feature the cocktail juggling.
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So whilst I completely enjoy "Cocktail" I have to admit that it really is one of the cheesiest films to have come out of the 80s. Yes it has its flaws but it is still amazingly entertaining and even though the second half of the film is less than memorable it is still reasonably engaging. You definitely don't watch "Cocktail" for Oscar winning acting but again in its own cheesy way, with the over the top gestures and corny dialogue it is very entertaining. But most importantly the soundtrack is for me exceptional and gives the whole film a real party atmosphere with a great selection of up tempo songs which drive forward even the most boring of scenes. Plus of course you have the completely over the top cocktail juggling, but then it works and made me want to try it, as well as quite a few others...... no I wasn't very good at it. So even though Cocktail is nearly 20 years old it has aged amazingly well and even though some of the 80s fashions are very funny it is still really enjoyable to watch today, but then I think this is a film which will appeal to those who enjoyed the 80s and remember Cruise when he didn't take himself so seriously. Personally I would put this in a similar category to "Dirty Dancing", it may not be great but it is really enjoyable and very memorable.
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Duration: 99 mins
Year of Release: 1988 / 1989
Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
Director(s): Roger Donaldson
Writer(s): Heywood Gould
Cast: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes, Laurence Luckinbill, Kelly Lynch, Gina Gershon, Chris Owens, Justin Louis
© Christianfilm July 2007
Here's a little song I wrote,
you might want to sing it note for note,
don't worry, be happy
in every life we have some trouble,
when you worry you make it double
don't worry, be happy.
Epitomise the eighties, with your whore like flirting and your musical scores that last as long as a summer romance.
Cocktail was indeed a cheap shot at romance, chance and elegance, in a barroom duel of ego and smiles. Tom Cruise adorns the screens here, just before he went off the rails and became a serious actor. Leaving behind Kelly McGillis of Top Gun, Tom heads for the bright lights and big city lifestyle armed with entrepreneur book and a dream, an American dream.
Right, a brief whatareyouonabout?
Last night, after Newcastles sad demise to the hands of Chelski, I quickly grabbed the remote and flicked through the channels on my sky digital box. Lo and behold, out of the gloom of the evening, I spotted the word COCKTAIL and a smile came to my face. I lived the eighties, much the same as hippys lived the sixties, and one of my all time favourite waste of time movies, had to be this one.
With a nod of approval from she who must be obeyed, I selected the channel and off we went.
Cue the scene, a girl asks cruise for a martini, and he goes, Whats in that?
But Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown, FX Fame) had other ideas, a middle aged womaniser with a line for every occasion, (know as Coughlins Laws) he was determined to make Tom his side kick and prodigy, and would you believe it, almost overnight, they become the Donnie and Marie Osmond of the Manhattan drinking fraternity.
Imagine the scenario, two cheesy smiles, two gigolos, and two cocktail shakers. Add a jiggle and a wiggle, some drunken girlies giggle, a back beat ala rhythm, and what you have here is a recipe for fun.
Well now you shake it to the left,
you shake it to the right.
Do the hippy shake shake
with all of your might.
And you shake.
Yes you shake.
Oo my babe.
Aw the hippy hippy shake.
Aw the hippy hippy shake.
Yeah the hippy hippy shake.
Well now, would you believe that these two rough-cut diamonds suddenly sparkle and are poached by a new night club, to be the stars of the bars, the alcohol whores, makes girls drop their draws, poetically pause.
Yep, thats not all!
Alongside the two shaking sambas, the nightclub has a Yuppy poet who ensures the audience are in awe of his literary talents. Not to be outdone though, Tom hops on the bar like a Coyote ugly, and delivers the charming barman overture of his own, rhyming cocktails to put to shame this modern rock poet and again, woo the girls to the point of beatlemania.
Well, Tom gets his girl, but it all turns sour by the hour, as the duo split over a woman!
Not to be outdone though, we now find ourselves in the sunny Caribbean and watching Tom strut his tuff for the rich-bitch patrons in an exclusive resort.
Reminds me of the eighties joke.
Did you sleep with a girl in the Caribbean Tom?
Oh yes, on one of the Islands!
No, she wanted to!
Anyway, here Tom meets the girl of his dreams and we get to see lots of cheesy beach shots, and waterfall shots, and bikini shots, and more bikini shots, and more bikini shots, Wow, did they know how to keep a guy hooked in the eighties?
Along comes Brian and back to basics as he tires to spoil any relationship Tom could have.
Does he succeed?
Will Tom Cruise ever achieve his dream?
Did he really drink a $500 bottle of Brandy?
You know what? I am not going to tell you, no spoilers here mate.
Okay, the acting of Tom is cheesy, as I may have mentioned. Also, Brian is no better, they both knew they were meant to smile and flirt with the camera and they did, in a cheesy way that the eighties was notorious for. They have both made better movies, and would gladly admit it, but I doubt they had more fun that they did making this.
If you remember back to the Future? Then you will remember Elizabeth Shue, who plays Toms romance partner here, and she is just as cheesy, believe me, in fact, this film was not made, it was EDAM!
Other notable appearances were by Kelly Lynch (Roadhouse) and Gina Gershon (Out for Justice) and they did okay, but again, this could have been a Christmas pantomime with the character acting standards.
Dont get me wrong, I love this movie and sometimes cheesy is fine. Its fun to laugh and dream, its fun to watch and not to think, and trust me, you do not need to think when you watch this.
100 minutes of fun and a soundtrack to match.
--1: Wild Again - Starship
--2: Powerful Stuff - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
--3: Since When - Robbie Nevil
--4: Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
--5: Hippy Hippy Shake - Georgia Satellites
--6: Kokomo - The Beach Boys
--7: Rave On - John Cougar Mellencamp
--8: All Shook Up - Ry Cooder
--9: Oh, I Love You So - Preston Smith
--10: Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
Cocktail is a fun, summer movie that shows the eighties for its cheesiest, romantic best. Suitable for couples and the older eighties generation, but can be watched by anyone with a sense of humour. There may or may not be a sad/horrific bit in the movie, I am not telling you as that would spoil it, but if you have small children, make sure they are not too squeamish.
I enjoy this type of cheesy movie and anyone with a light heart will share the enjoyment.
What a wonderful film, a bit cheesy in places but great none the less, this is a classic film, a diffinate feel good movie. Tom Cruise is looking young and at his best. The film is about a guy who ends up working at a bar, he and his partner become quite successful and after getting some money Cruise decided to go to Jamaica to set up his own bar. While out there he meets a nice girl, she falls for him, he falls for her...and so the story goes. Obviously the path of love does not run smooth, and thats basically the story. It is good fun, an easy film to watch...if you want a film that will stimulate your mind dont watch this. If you just want a quiet night in with pizza this is a must. The film has a cool soundtrack too.
Cocktail is an 80's classic. Nearly all the films that were released in the 80's were of this type. Full of the "Brat pack" girl falls for boy, boy loves girls friend etc, etc. Its what makes the 80's such a great time to of been around ! It has to be a dream a failing business student to fall on his feet like that, ends up running a cocktail bar in Jamaica. Yes its cheesy but its brilliant. I absolutley love it, so much I have the video and the soundtrack and quite often you can hear me whistling "Don't worry be happy" It was a film of the time and where ever you went people wer talking about it. Well what else do we do down here in the West country, whilst driving our tractors !!
I hate this film, yet at the same time I can't help but watch it whenever its on the TV. Tom Cruise is sickly in this film about a failed business student who takes up bar work and becomes one of those people who throws your drink up in the air before you're allowed to drink it. The storyline is weak to say the least-so weak in fact that I can't really describe it. Its the sort of film you insist is crap whilst at the same time screaming at anyone who tries to change the channel. Basically, its good escapism. Nothing too taxing with a few good moments.
First and foremost a star vehicle for Tom Cruise, this paper-thin Horatio Alger story of a young bartender with dreams of get-rich-quick success is notable only for Cruise's immense likeability in contrast to a creaky plot and thinly drawn characters. Cruise plays Brian Flanagan, a young entrepreneur and ladies' man who with his mentor (Bryan Brown) takes the New York bar scene by storm. Through setbacks and tragedy, Brian eventually realises there's more to life than a quick buck, and fights for the woman he loves (Elisabeth Shue). Despite its shortcomings, a worthwhile viewing for Tom Cruise fans. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com