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Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Celebrities share hallucinogenic drug stories in mature docu

Movie NR 2020 85 minutes
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Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is a glimpse into the insights, horror stories, and entertaining anecdotes of many celebrities and their experiences with psychedelic drugs. While comedians constitute the vast majority of those telling the stories, this documentary also offers perspectives from Sting, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Bourdain, and ASAP Rocky. The documentary is interspersed with parodies of the overblown "Just Say No" after-school specials of the 1980s (with Adam Scott as the "with it adult" trying to relate to the teens), and for the parents and adults who lived through that time, the accuracy of these parodies is as disconcerting as it is incredibly funny.

This is obviously not a documentary for everyone, and certainly not for kids. Those who believe Nancy Reagan was correct in her "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign aren't likely to be change their mind (assuming they would ever watch this in a million years), and those who have witnessed first-hand the less glamorous effects of long-term drug use and addiction aren't likely to make the distinction between the psychedelic drugs championed in this documentary and drug use and abuse in a more general sense. While the documentary is spot-on in its mockery of the myriad "acid trip" cliches in movies and television (i.e. "Arrrrrrrrre youuuuuu ohhhhhkayyyyyy" spoken by a character in a slowed-down voice), any possible negative consequences are glossed over.

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