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Bad Trip

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Canada, United States
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2020

1h 27m

Director Kitao Sakurai
Starring Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Michaela Conlin
Genre Comedy
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A hybrid of a scripted buddy comedy and a hidden camera prank show, Bad Trip follows two best friends on a chaotic road trip to New York. On the road, they inflict their absurd antics onto innocent bystanders -- all real people, who have no idea they're in a movie.

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60

Variety by Amy Nicholson

The result is sniggering slapstick that’s two-parts biological fluids and one-part salute to the innate empathy of mankind, often in the same scene.
75

The Film Stage by Erik Nielsen

Honing in on Andre’s uncanny ability to lure random people to participate in his absurdity is Bad Trip’s greatest strength. As every narrative beat he wishes to subvert can only happen if people buy into what he’s doing, it’s a fascinating double-edged sword to participate in as an audience member too.
30

The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

It's never remotely involving, and you can feel the lead performers straining to handle their acting chores. The exception is Haddish, who is so convincingly scary and menacing here that you wish her character were in a better, dramatic movie.
50

New York Post by Johnny Oleksinski

The adequate Netflix film, which was supposed to have been released two years ago, is funny in spots, but it flatlines early and gets way too gross.
80

IGN by Kristy Puchko

André and company give a familiar premise fresh verve with an onslaught of outrageous pranks that would do Jackass proud. André and Howrey share crackling chemistry that weaves together the friendship at the film’s core, while heralded scene-stealer Haddish embodies a badass who can make us cackle. Remarkably, the unwitting witnesses to their mayhem are not regarded just as marks, but as co-stars, who pop with one-liners, memorable reactions, and shining humanity.
75

Chicago Tribune by Michael Phillips

I hate hidden-camera gags on principle and have since “Candid Camera.” It takes something at least as funny as the first “Borat” (and, at its sharpest and sweetest, the second one), or this movie, for my jaw to unclench long enough to enjoy the brutal slapstick and the faux human misery.
75

San Francisco Chronicle by Mick LaSalle

As you enjoy the movie’s gleeful outrageousness, take a moment to appreciate the strategic sophistication of some of these bits. These scenes were well planned.
60

Los Angeles Times by Sarah-Tai Black

The laughs are certainly there, but Andre’s almost trademark sense of intentional derangement is missing and in many ways, this is one of his strengths as a performer.

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