Tuesday, May 12, 2020

[Movie Review] - Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Just got done watching Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics, the new Netflix documentary featuring the first-hand stories of celebrities recounting their respective hallucinogen trip stories.  The film contains generous amounts of colorful animation to illustrate the stories as well as actors reenacting the celebrities' trips, which is consistently entertaining.  Some stories are hilarious (Carrie Fisher & Rosie Perez had me LOL'ing so loud my dog barked at me from the computer room) while others are more serious.  It's bizarre to watch Sting talk about tripping on peyote & a bit sad seeing Anthony Bourdain & Carrie Fisher looking so alive not so long ago.

There's also some valuable social commentary in the form of mock anti-drug ads that call out the biased, overly exaggerated government propaganda that we've all been exposed to since the Nixon era.  This makes the film worth watching with your Boomer parents/grandparents if only to show them the extent of their own bias.  There are also a few basic harm reduction tips sprinkled throughout, like "don't drive while tripping" and general set and setting advice.  Groovy.

Whether you love the movie or not, it signals a shift in the way the mainstream views psychedelics.  This is where we were with cannabis when shows like Weeds came out in the 2000's shortly before it was legalized in many states.  If we play our cards right we can have the same with other drugs like hallucinogens.  Balanced pieces like this are a step in the right direction.  I commend the producers of Have a Good Trip & Netflix for airing it.  (Bonus:  The movie's title is super similar to the name of this very blog.  Dope!)

Have A Good Trip trailer

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