Vanilla Sky (2001)

Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Time: 136 min
  • Genre: Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
  • Director: Cameron Crowe
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Tilda Swinton


David Aames takes all he has for granted; his wealth, his inherited publishing company, his good looks – his relationships. Especially his relationships. It catches up to him when a friend/sometimes sex-partner can’t see their relationship the way he sees it. From that point, the movie takes a Lynchian twist that ultimately and literally pulls us into Aames’ tortured psyche.

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  • Vanilla Sky’s trailer tells us that the movie is full of hot people in a tangled romance and that the movie is fairly fluffy and normal and something you’ve probably already seen a million times before and that couldn’t be further from the truth.

    It is a haunting, dark, psychological movie that dives into David’s subconscious and examines his innermost desires and fears. “What is happiness to you?” is a line that is used multiple times in this movie. I really connected with the main character as he faced his demons and tried with all his heart to find happiness. Vanilla Sky is a love story but it is also a story of maturing and finding yourself.

    The best friend of the hot guy who steals all the girls from him is played perfectly by Jason Lee. You can sense the admiration and resentment of David Ames all mixed in together. I’ve never thought much of Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz or Penelope Cruz till I saw them in this. I figured Tom could only do action and that Diaz could only do comedy before I ran into Vanilla Sky.

    There’s a scene where Cameron Diaz says, “I swallowed your cum – that means something!” and the whole theater was in shock. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing. The director mentions that his intention in that scene was to let us feel as though we were hearing a conversation and listening in on something that is normally private and that’s exactly how I felt throughout a lot of the movie.

    Vanilla Sky is one of those movies I try to get all of my friends to see and it is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time.

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