The stage curtains open ..."Cocktail", despite being cringeworthy in parts, is a guilty pleasure of mine and a film I have enjoyed watching from time to time over the years. It came out at a good time in my life, so just the very thought of the movie will bring a smile to my face as it takes me to a good place with great memories. It is also highlighted by a fun soundtrack with "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys leading the way.Young Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) returns home from the military with big dreams and aspirations of making it big, getting rich quick. So, he strikes out on the streets of New York to find employment, only to be turned away at every point. He finds his way into a bar and meets the man who will change his life, Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown). They become fast friends and rise quickly in the nightlife scene until a girl comes between them. Brian goes to Jamaica where he meets Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue) - the girl who will also change his life. Things are going great until Doug shows up again.Yes ... the acting in this one is pretty pitiful. Tom Cruise is so full of himself in this movie that even his laughs seem fake (part of that cringeworthy factor). The relationship between Brian and Jordan is almost believable. What really shines in this movie though, is the chemistry and the relationship between Brian and Doug. This is where the movie succeeds. I love the back and forth banter between these two.I know this movie bombed with critics and moviegoers alike, but as I mentioned, I like it. Watching them toss and flip bottles to the sounds of 80's music with a heavy dose of early Tom Cruise flair and a fun story - this one is a recommend at 7 stars out of 10. I still watch it today and smile just as much each time. Besides, it has one of the best poems ever filmed.
Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) is fresh out of the Army. He's studying business and working at his uncle's bar. He gets a job working for Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) in an Upper Eastside bar. He's horrible at first. His school work suffers as his bar work improves. Doug intends to open his own bar. The duo starts working at a trendy nightclub. Photographer Coral (Gina Gershon) takes an interest in Brian. She suggests working at bars in Jamaica. Doug dislikes the relationship. When Doug breaks them up, Brian is furious and ends their partnership. Next, Brian is bartending in Jamaica. He starts a relationship with vacationer Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue) who is a waitress in NYC. Doug shows up married to rich flirtatious Kerry (Kelly Lynch). Doug and Brian get into a bet, and Brian ends up having sex with Bonnie (Lisa Banes). Brian goes back to NYC with Bonnie but it ends badly. He tracks down Jordan and is surprised by her pregnancy as well as her wealthy family.Where do I begin? First, Brian is a horrible guy. Jordan is well advised to keep her distance. Doug and Brian's friendship is toxic at best. The story is super melodramatic romance. It goes all over the place. I often remember this as a Jamaican movie but that's only the half in the middle. The first change is abrupt. It might be better to keep the whole movie in Jamaica. That would at least keep the random melodramatic twists down to a manageable level. There is an appealing aspect of Tom Cruise being at his most Tom Cruise but it's not appealing enough. 2b1af7f3a8