In one of the first scenes, Cera's drug-obsessed hipster Jamie watches a stupidly cerebral hippy (Gabby Hoffmann) dancing by herself in a cramped apartment party in Chile. She's flailing her limbs, wild hair flying, seemingly unaware of rhythm or surrounding objects. Snidely to a friend, he calls her a "lonely tornado." Then, ostensibly to get closer to the train wreck, he decides to join her, and learns that she calls herself Crystal Fairy. He ends up inviting her to join him and his Chilean roommate to travel to a beach to ingest a hallucinogenic cactus. Much to his bewilderment, she accepts the invitation.
Both actors give little concern to vanity; they plunge into rude, grating habits that are compelling to watch because they really prickle. Hoffmann particularly gives a brave performance—nudity only partially aside, her emotional vulnerability is pungent.
Written in ten days, this witty and hilarious film is based on Silva's experience with a young woman who actually called herself Crystal Fairy. Director Silva's comedic timing is superb, as is the cast which includes his brothers as sidekicks on the road-drug-trip— the entire Silva family seems to be gifted with comedy.
You sense that these few days will turn out to be a keystone moment for the characters. We're given intimate flashes into how these personalities change and grow in a lovely and unexpected way. While Jamie and Crystal Fairy were initially drawn to one another to point out each other's flaws, they ultimately find solace in twisting together as lonely tornadoes.