'Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics' - Joe's Take
Updated: Oct 8, 2020
2020 I 18+ I 85 Mins I Dir: Donick Cary
Mixing comedy with an investigation into psychedelics, 'Have a Good Trip' explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens.
Certainly more entertaining than educational. The film plays out through a series of animated sketches and hilarious reenactments from famous comedic actors and it’s through this that the film naturally shines, mixing it’s star power with a quirky and playful style to re-tell each story in a new and interesting way.
I think that whilst it’s fine that the film has the agenda to undo some of the stigma attached to psychedelic drugs, it would be more effective with a more recent counter argument from the opposing side.
For me comedy is one of the most effective ways of making me think outside of the box and when handled well it can be an incredibly powerful tool in changing the way I perceive a topic. (Simon Amstel’s mockumentary on a vegan world dealing with its carnivorous past in ‘Carnage’ springs to mind).
Still, it’s a fun watch and worth giving a go to see Nick Kroll reenact the time he ate too many magic mushrooms and became “The Kelp Monster”.
INTERVIEWEES: Nick Offerman, Sting, Ben Stiller, Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman, Anthony Bourdain, ASAP Rocky, Nick Kroll
BEST QUOTE: "No word of a lie... a rainbow shot out of my d***"
FUN FACT: This is the feature film debut for director Donick Cary who’s previous work includes working as a writer on shows such as The Simpsons, Silicon Valley and New Girl.
IF YOU LIKED: Carnage, Grass is Greener
'Have A Good Trip: Adventures In Psychedelics' Trailer