When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.
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As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Intent on becoming a successful businessman, and even a millionaire, the ex-military man, Brian Flanagan, waits for his big break while serving drinks at a New York City tavern, and studying for his degree. However, when the charismatic cynic and veteran bartender, Doug Coughlin, becomes the ambitious Brian's sage mentor, their chemistry, combined with the flamboyant tricks behind the bar, will soon yield fame and money until they decide to split ways. Now, as Flanagan struggles to raise money in Jamaica to open his dream bar someday, he falls hard for the striving waitress, Jordan Mooney, while a wealthy fashion executive wants to take him back to Manhattan to live with her. Is there a future between Brian and Jordan?Written by
It's time someone shot you straight about this movie
First and foremost, let me get this much out of the way: I Don't like this movie at all! Is it a bad movie? Not at all? Is it a good movie? Not at all. Is it one of those movies that rides the fence? Again, not at all. Now, let me explain. I think it's time someone shot you straight about this movie. Cocktail is currently just under 6 stars on imdb. 5% on RottonTomatoes? Yeah! And I know why. To be brutally honest, this is a movie about virtually nothing. An ex military young guy ( who barely looks old enough to drink) comes back to New York, in pursuit of his dreams of making money or at the very least becoming successful, but in the meantime, he resorts to being a bartender. He's cocky. He's energetic. And he excels at what he does. Tom Cruise soars as Brian Flannigan, a self absorbed snot who just dreams, and dreams BIG. Unfortunately, the film just sort of abandons everything that should have made this a great film, and takes it completely in the wrong direction. To sum it up, the film just uses over an hour of time as an excuse to make a feature film, in my opinion. I saw nothing that sparked, nothing that sizzled. Nothing is cooking here. It's not even bland, it's just literally a movie about nothing! So, how do we turn a nothing movie into a something movie? Sex scenes? Entertaining scenes of Tom flipping bottles around almost blind folded? Plenty of outdoor scenes of a beautiful 1980's Jamaica to look at here. Other then that, there's just nothing solid outside the performances. There's barely any story, other then a whole lot of jealousy and mindless, angry bickering. And the ending was so anti climatic, any person is left wondering: "How can they end a movie like that? What about his future!?" Of course, no one will admit it. The mob mentality executes positivity about this film. And, for some reason, RottonTomatoes doesn't fall for the hype. Apparently, over here, people are not ashamed to tell you what they REALLY feel about Cocktail. I can say this, they did make one hell of a fun movie to watch on the weekend. I just see no point in watching it, when there's other fun titles that can be worth your time. Straight and to the point, Cocktail is a 1988 film about a guy in search of his dreams, only to find romance instead, and from there, you can make the call on what you just watched. Maybe you'll see some insight here that I missed. In the meantime, I stand by my 30 years of belief on this movie: It's a movie about a drunken nobody who want to be a somebody, and it ends before we can see this nobody turn into a somebody. The end!
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