Cocktail is a cute and funny romcom that includes serious themes as well. It stars Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue. Now, I know some people have a “thing” about Tom Cruise because of his wacky religious beliefs, but I figure that’s his personal biz. I’ve always enjoyed his movies ~ the first one I saw was Risky Business back in Chicago (snuck out of class to go to the theater alone), and I loved it! Been a fan of his work ever since.
In Cocktail, he plays Brian, a guy fresh out of the army who can’t get a marketing job because he doesn’t have a college degree. He accepts a job as a bartender to make money while taking classes, but ends up becoming a superstar bartender. Brian has a falling out with Doug, the guy who got him started, and he takes off for Jamaica to earn a bundle quickly at a resort. He meets two women. One appears to be his soul mate; the other appears to be someone who can help him rise up the corporate ladder.
Brian makes a choice. The movie explores the repercussions of that choice, and I find it interesting to watch even after several viewings. Doug is an important character too, and his on and off friendship with Brian influences some of Brian’s decisions.
This is definitely an “80s” movie! 😀