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A criminally underrated Tom Cruise film that isn't as fantastic as his other films, but had a good story, nice music, and a plot that worked fine.
The tone of this thing is all over the place! It plays mostly as a feel-good bartending fantasy with some fun over-the-top nightlife sequences, but then it devolves into heavy melodrama and finally going pitch-black dark by the end, only to come back for a feel-good conclusion. Ultimately there isn't much to this rather empty movie, but if you wanna see Tom Cruise banter and spin bottles, this'll make for a good rainy Saturday afternoon flick.
This movie is just fun and a good laugh too! The banter between Brian (Tom cruise) and Doug is entertaining to watch and well written. Not a film to take too seriously or seriously at all by any means but a great escape and I liked how Brian gets sucked into working at the bar (having a great laugh along the way) while trying to juggle college work of an evening. The scene where Brian is in class and the teacher is ripping into everybody's work and then gets angry at him for falling asleep. He then gives as good as he gets say the teacher hides in the school to escape the real world! For me there are deeper themes in this film like suicide and how Doug just couldn't deal with the mess he had got himself into. He had left a note for Brian with typical Doug humor while at the same time sad made Brian realise that he was too proud to ask for help and he did'nt want to end up like him. This film is worth a watch but if your into Dowton abbey then go watch something else otherwise have a laugh and a cocktail (or beer or two) while you get transported back in time to the 80's!
I watched it on initial release in 1988 and loved it but that was as much a product of the era and my age at the time (teen). Rewatching it in 2020 shows just how thin the "plot" is and just how much the audience is asked to stretch credibility in order to watch this. Bryan Brown is clearly enjoying himself throughout but Tom Cruise seems to be...well...cruising through it amiably with a minimum of real emotion or engagement at times. It often comes across as a very long music video with some dialogue thrown in that is almost comical at times. Yet despite all of this - it has its entertaining moments that keeps you watching and a top notch soundtrack. Not one that will stretch you and at the end you may wonder how you spent the night watching it. It kind of feels like you've been pickpocketed but given back some loose change to soften things.
Why the hate.
This film is simply brilliant
This is the Worst tom cruise movie I've ever seen. Boring movie.
Cocktail is an ok movie, the plot is weird but Brian (Tom Cruise) is really good throughout this movie.
Also, there's some stupid moments throughout this movie, which don't make much sense or link up to anything.
The movie's even got a pretty good soundtrack, which include lots of good songs.
Finally, Tom Cruise is a really good bartender and he's honestly great at making drinks throughout this movie, I think him studying bartending for his role really paid off.
Overall, Cocktail is an ok movie. It's got a very questionable plot, a pretty good soundtrack and Tom Cruise being really good at making drinks as a bartender.
Okay, Tom Cruise working at a TGI Friday's might not seem like the most promising start for a movie but it gets better from there. The scenes of bartending are undeniably raucously fun, and the mentor-mentee relationship that develops between the Red Eye drinking Zen Bartender elder and his young, self-help book reading protege is fertile ground for plot and character development. Throw in heaps of Eighties nostalgia, a side-trip to Jamaica and you have the elements of a hit film from the Reagen Era. The love story is kind of a thrown-together after thought that doesn't make 100 percent sense but that's okay, it's still quite entertaining indeed.
The movie is amazing. No it may not be Oscar material but it’s a great romantic drama. It’s has an amazing soundtrack along with the Greta acting from Tom Cruise. It’s makes you wish you were a bartender. Bryan Brown’s character is the definition of cool and makes the movie have meaning. The movie is full of shocks and surprises and tears. Great movie that is underrated. The critics at rotten tomatoes are too stupid to rate movies. They just have no taste.
Brian Flannigan (Tom Cruise) is a highly successful bartender who wants to establish his own business with the help of his mentor Doug (Bryan Brown) and the Coughlin Laws. During which, Brian forms a relationship with a beautiful diner waitress Jordan (Elizabeth Shue), the daughter of a rich family in Park Avenue. The first third of Cocktail, where Brian and Doug team together to run the business, was the best part. As the two leads talked about saving money and teaching each other about bar tricks, I begged for more. Maybe they could do a cocktail recipe exam, go over protocol behind the counter, dealing with intoxicated patrons, or rehearse these bar tricks night after night. Instead, Jordan showed up and the movie switched from being a unique story about bar entrepreneurship to a generic romantic comedy full of tired clichés. The clichés are as follows: montage of their romantic date, misunderstanding leading to breakup, failed reconciliation attempts, pregnancy drop, fight with girlfriend's father, father being a rich snob, and a marriage at the end. In fact, the plot derailed so much I almost forgot that Brian was even a bartender, let alone a business college graduate. Speaking of, did we ever see Brian graduate, excel in his studies, or what degree he mastered? Cocktail never gives us the answer because it's too busy holding cheap romantic comedy tropes rather than establishing story arcs that matter.
(1 ½ Red Eyes out of 5)