10: Cocktail

This week, we need a stiff drink after Roger Donaldson’s 1988 movie Cocktail. How does a film get such a terrible reputation? Is there anything more ’80s than a protagonist who really, really wants to start a franchise? What did The Beach Boys do to deserve “Kokomo”?

Content warning: excess consumption of alcohol, suicide

Unanswered Questions:

  • Would the film have been improved by keeping the darker elements present in earlier drafts of the script?
  • Are the tensions between theory and practice irresolvable?
  • Who should we credit with the relatively strong, well-rounded female characters in this film?

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