Movie Review: Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

 

May 23rd, 2020

Details from IMDB:

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 11 May 2020 (USA)
 
6.9/10
2,613
 
Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, 'Have a Good Trip' explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens.

Director:

 Donick Cary

Writer:

 Donick Cary

Initial Thoughts:

Ok I haven't been to a movie theater in over 2 months and I really miss it. I'm becoming less and less picky when it comes to moves on Netflix, Amazon, and even Disney+ (which is a little mean, they do have some good movies there that aren't Star Wars). The trailer on this looked ok and we can't go out, so we watched this last Saturday.

Main Points:

I've never done LSD, magic mushrooms, or any other kind of psychedelic drug, I don't plan to ever do it but this is still an interesting idea. Netflix has strung together a bunch of diverse guests (sadly two of which have passed away) and got them talking about LSD and other drugs.

For certain interviews were quite enjoyable, Sting, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Bourdain, Lewis Black, Ben Stiller and Sarah Silverman to name a few. Other ones were degrees of ok and crappy. I enjoyed the animations we would get when each guest told of their drug-filled experiences.

I think the biggest problem with this documentary is that it can't draw any real conclusions, often contradicts itself, and just kind of seemed like a way to show off how many famous people they could get to talk about drug trips. I laughed and enjoyed parts but was ultimately disappointed at the end.

Final Thoughts:

Let's be clear, the movie does not advocate taking LSD (at least for most people) when I heard about some of the horrible experiences people have had I certainly didn't want to try any of this stuff. It also goes without saying that due to subject matter (and coarse language) I would say ages 19+. For any who is bored and wants to hear about LSD (and other drugs) use, I give it a mild recommendation. 7 out of 10 from me. Please don't let your kids watch this, with perhaps the only exception if you want it to be instructional and are prepared to answer questions afterward.