Bad trip is a 2020 hidden camera comedy film which is the idea of Eric Andre. It is directed by Kitao Sakurai. Production credits go to Eric Andre, Jeff Tremaine, David Bernard and Ruben Fleischer. Dan Curry, Eric Andre and Kitao Sakurai wrote the screenplay. While Sakurai, Andre and Andrew Barchilon made the story. Andrew Laboy is in charge of cinematography, while Matthew Kosinski, Sascha Stanton Craven edited the film. The music for the film is attributed to composers Ludwig Göransson and Joseph Shirley. Distributed by Netflix, the film is a co-production between Orion Pictures, Bron Creative, Gorilla Flicks, The District and Helo. The film stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Michaela Colin and Adam Meir in the lead roles. The film was released digitally on Netflix on March 26, 2021, with a generally positive critical reception.
Bad trip follows two best friends – Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery. They are traveling from Florida to New York. Eric Andre plays Chris Carey, and he’s going to confess his love to his high school crush, Maria Li. Michaela Conlin plays his high school crush. The tag with his best friend is Bud Malone (Lil Rel Howery). The best friend duo stole Bud’s sister’s car for their trip. Bud’s sister, Trina Malone, is a criminal and played by Tiffany Haddish. Throughout their journey, they are pursued by her. The film was originally slated for a South by Southwest premiere on March 14, 2020 and theatrical release on April 17, 2020. However, like all other films released in 2020, Bad Trip has also been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Bad Trip – Synopsis and Plot Details
Bad Trip begins in a small Florida town. We meet Chris (Eric Andre), who works in a car wash. While washing a man’s car, a woman named Maria arrives at the car wash. Maria is Chris’s crush in high school, and he tells the man whose car he’s washing. Chris then begins to work on the car with a vacuum cleaner. But the vacuum is so mastered that he sucks up all his clothes. A naked Chris panics and hides inside the car. The man whose car he was washing talks to Maria, trying to get his number for Chris. However, Maria refuses and then leaves the car wash.
Meanwhile, Chris’s best friend, Bud, works in a computer store. As he continues his daily work, his sister Trina pulls up in her car in front of the store. She talks with two clients for a while, then begs Bud to give her some money. However, Bud refuses to give her any money and Trina continues to rob the store. And she does it while she is under house arrest. She steals the store regardless and also removes her ankle tag. She then also gives money to customers so that they keep quiet and not laugh. Later, Bud and Chris talk about their life, about Trina, Maria and also about their great adventures.
Embark on the Road Trip
A year has passed since their conversation about the adventures. A plumber walks into Chris’s house and Chris surprises him stepping out of a tub full of beer cans. He quit his job at the car wash and now works in a smoothie store. One day he is very late for work and storms off for work. On the way to work, he wreaked havoc from the start. At work, he meets Maria again as she walks into the store. This time he successfully engages in a conversation and also gets his business card. She tells him that she runs an art gallery in New York. She hands him her gallery card. Hit and wooed by the card, he loses focus and accidentally throws his hand into the smoothie blender. In classic Eric Andre style, we see another hilarious prank streak with blood splashing all over it.
Next, Chris asks an elder for advice. The old man tells him to follow Maria to New York. Another public prank ensues, and Chris breaks out with a musical number titled “Saw a Girl Today.” Everyone around him is shaken by the surreal and absurd activities. Later, Chris and Bud are chatting on a bus. They make a plan for a road trip to New York. To do this, Chris has the idea of stealing Trina’s car. Bud is scared and reluctant to the proposal at first, but when Chris reminds him that Trina is in jail, he’s up for it.
Trina’s Chase and Showdown at the Art Gallery
While Bud’s car gets out of an impound, Trina escapes from the prison. When she finds out that her car has been stolen by her brother and Chris, she is furious. She plans to kill the two and steals a police car to pursue them. On their way, Chris and Bud wreak havoc as they move forward. Their devastation results in the pump of a gas station being seriously destroyed. They also go to a bar where Chris vomits a lot and gets ultra-high. He falls from a high ledge after being too drunk. The duo also travel to a zoo where a gorilla sexually attacks Chris when he breaks into his enclosure for a selfie.
Chris and Bud then crash into Trina’s car. Bud panics, then an argument breaks out between them. The argument leads the two to end their friendship. But when Chris receives words of wisdom from an Army recruiter, he leaves to patch up. He finds Bud on a bus, they talk and finally put on makeup. Then they finally arrive at Maria’s art gallery. Meanwhile, Trina finds her car, all damaged. She also finds Maria’s business card and goes in search of the duo. Chris confesses his love to Maris, but she rejects him. Then Trina arrives at the gallery and starts attacking Chris with all the artwork.
Trina’s assault continues as she chases him and then lets him hang from the roof. However, Bud intervenes and saves him, ultimately standing up to his sister. Trina is happy that her brother has stood up against her for once and hugs him. Chris and Bud return to the gallery, and Maria, confused by what just happened, asks them to leave. Towards the end of the film, the duo transform into white women at an environmentalist fundraising gala. Trina also joins them and dresses as a white man. The trio then performed the DMX song “Party Up” on stage, much to everyone’s horror and discomfort.
Bad trip is a gem of hidden cam comedy
Bad trip is a gem of a hidden camera comedy film. He plays on everything Eric Andre is now known for. It uses the same brand of humor as The Eric Andre Show. However, it has a somewhat toned down and more accessible watch than the series. The stuffing segments are in the same veins as the show. But I think they’re a lot nicer here because we get to see some behind-the-scenes footage at the end as well. The people André and the team later get to know about the premises. We show them the camera and tell them it’s all for the stuffing at the end – which makes it all healthier. It’s a much warmer, more welcoming genre of prank business – a rarity in the hidden camera prank comedy subgenre.
Bad trip is a comedy riot, through and through. Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish agree with perfection. Much of the comedy derives from the great improvisational skills of the actors here. Eric Andre demonstrates his excellent improvisation skills. One of the main reasons for the hilarity in the film is the reaction of the unsuspecting victims of pranks. They are left in horror, discomfort and shock whenever the absurdity occurs. But pranks are harmless and not just for laggards. The film recalls of course The Eric Andre show. This is also due to the reason why Sakurai, director of many episodes of the series, directed the film.
A surprisingly healthy, well-executed and impeccably improvised product, Bad trip is a great time with even greater rewatch value. My rating for Bad trip is 4 out of 5.
You can stream Bad Trip on Netflix.