Cocktail (1988)

Cocktail (1988)
  • Time: 104 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue


After leaving the Army, Brian Flanagan tries to get a marketing job in New York. But without a college degree, this was not possible. He then decides to start studying for a business degree at the local City College and gets a part time job as a bartender. He realizes that its not that easy, but when his new boss Douglas Coughlin teaches him the secrets of the bar trade and they become the most famous bartenders in town. Both Brian and Doug Coughlin want their own top class cocktail bars someday and Brian’s Cocktail Bar is to be called ‘Cocktails & Dreams’, and in order to get the necessary money to open it, Brian travels to Jamaica to work as a bartender at a resort Tiki Bar, and the pay is good. There he meets Jordan Mooney, a young and pretty, up and coming American artist on vacation with her girlfriend from New York, staying at the Island resort. Jordan and Brian spend some quality time together and fall in love. But when Brian takes a dare from his old buddy, Doug Coughlin to sleep with an older woman, who is also staying at the resort. Jordan, herself the daughter of wealthy parents back in New York, leaves the Island overnight, after seeing Brian and the older woman together after closing… Will Jordan ever forgive Brian and will they get back together?


  • “Cocktail” is a pretty decent movie, if you don’t go into it expecting it to be something it’s not. Cocktails, sun, the beach, waterfalls, stunning landscapes and a huge soundtrack… this movie makes you relax and makes you want to travel! This is the perfect midnight movie, the one that comes on right before bed and you can’t turn it off. The story isn’t that special and very unbelievable in some parts, but it is still fun. It’s definitely not the best in the career of Tom Cruise, but also as a bartender he’s doing very well. The gorgeous Elisabeth Shue was very good, but Bryan Brown is the one who steals the show in his every screen presence. All in all, it is a perfect popcorn film to watch in a relaxed mood, but do not expect a good plot…

  • Sandcooler

    “Cocktail” is like one of those easy listening radio stations. It just works as background, it’s fine as long as you don’t pay too much attention. There’s no real story, so if you tune out for ten minutes it doesn’t matter at all. It’s just scene after scene of Tom Cruise making cocktails, occasionally interrupted with a redundant love interest. It’s a highly repetitive movie that goes absolutely nowhere, though Cruise’s performance is a real saving grace. He carries the movie even though he has nothing to carry and makes this thing better than it deserves to be. He breathes life into his underwritten character and at least makes these scenes somewhat entertaining. It’s still just a movie that devotes 90% of its running time to guys standing behind a bar taking orders, the fact that Cruise somehow makes that…palatable is already an impressive feat. Not impressive enough to recommend this though.

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