Cocktail
Title: Cocktail
Release year: 1988
Country: United States
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue
Rating: 3/5

A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.

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Shaken, not Stirred: A Review of Cocktail (1988)

2024-04-12

Cocktail (1988) is a mixed drink of a movie, offering a blend of comedy, drama, and romance that ends up being a bit uneven. Tom Cruise stars as Brian, a charismatic bartender who lands a gig at a Jamaican resort. There, he falls under the wing of the cynical but successful Doug (Bryan Brown), who teaches him the art of the flashy cocktail routine and the even flashier art of wooing wealthy women. Brian falls for fellow American tourist Jordan (Elisabeth Shue), but their connection is complicated by his newfound philosophy and Doug’s own designs on Jordan.

The film’s strong point is its undeniable charm. Cruise is at his youthful best, radiating charisma that makes Brian’s transformation believable, even if his motivations are a bit shallow. The Jamaican setting is idyllic, and the soundtrack is pure 80s fun. The bar sequences are a highlight, with Cruise’s flair behind the counter undeniably entertaining.

However, the movie struggles with tonal shifts. The comedic moments can feel cheesy, and the dramatic turns are a bit melodramatic. The central love triangle isn’t particularly well-developed, and Brian’s character arc feels rushed.

Ultimately, Cocktail is a fun watch for a nostalgic trip back to the 80s. But beneath the glossy surface and flashy cocktails, there’s not much depth.

**Score: 3 out of 5**

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