*Note: In honor of late rapper DMX, we're re-surfacing our review of "Bad Trip." The movie's the most hilarious comedy of 2021, and it features an especially awesome scene set to DMX's "Party Up." We'll miss the musician-artist-actor. And we know he'd want you to party up, too.
This week's film that we'll be looking at is anything but traditional, and it's definitely not a family film. It's the candid camera comedy now playing on Netflix titled "Bad Trip."
"Bad Trip" follows a man who thinks he's deeply in love after running into his high school crush. Because of this afffection, he convinces his friend to take a road trip from Florida to New York City. Seems like a pretty normal plot, right?
But, oh, during that trip, the actors playing the characters will pull pranks on themselves and other paid actors to capture the shocked and disgusted reactions of innocent bystanders. The lengths these performers will go to amaze these real-life people is something that deserves acknowledgement.
Before you think whether or not this is worth your time, let us set the record straight.
Reasons to Sink
- If you're not a fan of hidden camera comedies, then this might not be your cup of tea.
- There are some scenes that are somewhat graphic, and others that aren't for those with a weak stomach.
- The plot can feel somewhat static at times as the main focus is on pranking rather than story.
Reasons to Stream
- Eric Andre doesn't hold back any punches when it comes to creating extremely awkward situations and then turning up the intensity so much that the observers can't believe what they're seeing.
- Tiffany Haddish owns her escaped inmate persona in such a convincing way that her presence can be felt through the screen.
- The movie comes full circle in a comedic and meaningful way. What Andre and his co-horts pull off really is a miracle.
Bad Trip: Sink or Stream?
If you're a fan of hilarious comedies and aren't easily offended, you should stream it tonight!
The style of comedy isn't for everyone, but if you're a fan of "The Eric Andre Show," you'll love it. Plus, you just have to see how people react to these absolutely bonkers scenarios that they bear witness to and sometimes participate in.
We would describe it as a cross between "Bad Grandpa" and "Borat." Additionally, "Jackass" director Jeff Tremaine is a producer on this film (so there's that seal of approval from a veteran of insane comedy).
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.