“Bad Trip” – a feature-length version of Eric Andre’s weirdly hostile yet amazing adult swim show, “The Eric Andre Show,” both directed by Kitao Sakurai – is terrific. It showcases the types of stunts you see on the show, but almost with an apology and at least often at the expense of terrorized citizens by their wide net. Jokes are mostly at the expense of the actors; They are also big, but still screaming.
The plot of the film – if you care, which you shouldn’t – goes like this: a couple of dead-enders, Chris (Andre) and Bud (Lil Riley Hoveri) stealing the cute pink crown Victoria from Bud’s sister Decides, Trina (Tiffany Haddish), and Chris’ high school crush for New York, chases Maria (Michael Conlin), where she politely invites a little to see Chris in her gallery.
It’s not too much of a plot, but that’s it: Chris’s forecast makes it easy to describe the civilian buyers and eavesdroppers shown in the film, who react when they think they know what’s going on.
After all, “Bad Trip” is not meant to be a film about two people who find themselves on a road trip. What would it be like for normal people when a stranger asks them for dating advice, and then what will the same people do when he is so moved by his intelligence that he bursts into song, and then what happens to those people when He dances on the street and gets hit by a car. (No, this is not the end of the bit.)
Much has been said in opposition to this type of comedy, including that it fell down. Sometimes it happens, but I’m not sure it’s here.
Much has been said in opposition to such comedy – the first cousin of shtick popularized by Sacha Baron Cohen in “Borat” films – in which he is a misnomer or that it punches down. Sometimes it happens, but I’m not sure it’s here.
The anonymous citizens in “Bad Trip” are attractive, and they are presented in ways that make you more sympathetic than just laughing; His response to pressure is unpredictable. Sakurai shows reaction shots of people in Andre, Haveri and Hadish’s stunts – obviously – but their camera is also a witness to whether the complex or protracted battle fought on their face is true, they just have it for a day A bad day to turn. Take a walk instead of helping someone caught in reverse port-a-potty.
They also capture surprising moments from the people they filmed – and perhaps a little against its inclinations, “Bad Trip” shows how good most people are. There is not a nurse stopping Chris and Chris from helping him, for example, once more on top of him projectile-vomitting, or a guy cleaning graffiti off a wall, which Trina imprisons. Helps her escape, but also presses her “police” for a little help, even before clamming. (Does it make little sense to implement such options, even pretending to people whose sympathy is immediately with the prisoner and not with the policeman? Yes, definitely.)
“Bad Trip” also, unlike its predecessors, is committed to showing us how its sausages are made. Some people do not allow Sakurai to use their footage; His face is in bloom in the film. Subsequently, it is revealed that everyone else later gave explicit permission – and, as in the film’s credit roll, we’re watching footage of the pranksters telling the prankers that everything is actually okay (and Possibly ask them to sign something to condemn the manufacturers).
Perhaps a little against its inclination, “Bad Trip” refers to how good most people are.
It is almost difficult to believe some untold scene. There is a moment of B-roll during that final sequence when André, who pretends to be blind drunk, is urinating in a bar and kills the wrong man. We hear him humming his Safewort in his lapel mic, as the man hits his shot glass to the ground and turns to Andre with murder in the eye. Here’s the thing: the man’s face is not blurred out; He must have signed the dotted line to show the filmmakers the readiness to fight with the star.
But many moments flow so seamlessly that they leave us on edge with unintentional themes, wondering where the stunt ended and the real world began. Some are surprisingly sweet: At one point Chris and Bud ask an old waitress for advice about sex. She also does not blink, and the conversation they end is notable for her clarity and kindness. “I’ve had sex with a different gender and styles,” he says with a laugh as they thank him.
This is the exception. Most of the time, “bad trips” show delight in catching jerky people when they encounter something real, dangerous, or gross. It’s all there, in less than 90 minutes, the whole terrifying human experience. Within the frame of his intentionally boring, by-the-road road-trip comedy, the cast and crew of “Bad Trip” respond to the forces of corny high-stakes comedy to explain the way people do. Gives unrestrained insight from. Real.
I hope that someday I will grow into a person who I no longer find “bad trip” fun, but until that day, I will be here, watching it again and again – especially the musical numbers.