Cocktail (1988)

“I don’t care how liberated this world becomes – a man will always be judged by the amount of alcohol he can consume – and a woman will be impressed, whether she likes it or not.”

Cast: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown and Elisabeth Shue

Tom Cruise stars as Brian Flanagan. Fresh out of the army he decides to move to New York where he hopes to “make a million”. After many interviews, he soon learns that big companies don’t want to hire people off the street, so enrols at collage to hopefully get a degree.

Along side this, he gets a job at a local bar where he meets Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown), who starts to teach him the tricks of the trade. After Brian discovers he has a talent for flaring the bottles and hypnotising an audience, his dream becomes to one day open his own bar with fellow bartender and best friend, Doug.

From here on out the story is pretty predictable. Cocktail isn’t a film with many depths, but it is enjoyable if you’re looking for a bit of light entertainment. Cruise is funny and charming, making the audience fall in love with a young, cheeky Brian. Elisabeth Shue stars as Jordan Mooney, Brian’s love interest and bringing a bit of sass to the film. Kelly Lynch who plays Kerry Coughlin wears a bikini thong in one scene, so there’s always that to satisfy the male audience who may have been made to watch this by their female companions.

Cocktail is a predictable chick-flick about love and ambition, but don’t hold that against it. It entertains and dazzles along the way, and is a simple feel good movie that you don’t need to pay a massive amount of attention to, but it will still leave you smiling nonetheless.

Star rating: 5/10

Directed by Roger Donaldson.

Running time 104 minutes.

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