Bad Trip: A must-see outrageous hidden-camera Netflix movie

BAD TRIP(2021)Lil Rel Howery as Bud Malone and Eric AndrŽ as Chris Carey.Cr: Dimitry Elyashkevich/NETFLIX
BAD TRIP(2021)Lil Rel Howery as Bud Malone and Eric AndrŽ as Chris Carey.Cr: Dimitry Elyashkevich/NETFLIX /

Bad Trip is a buddy comedy prank show that follows Chris Carey (Eric Andre) on his path to finding his high school crush, Maria (Michaela Conlin), in New York City. Chris and his best friend, Bud Malone (Lil Rel Howery), leave on an epic road trip from Florida to New York while Bud’s violent sister, Trina Malone (Tiffany Haddish), is infuriated that they stole her car.

Bad Trip is a hidden camera prank movie mixed with a typical scripted plot. Chris, Bud, and Trina have a scripted story, but their experiences are in front of the unknowing public. Instead of having movie extras, the public stumbles upon the hidden cameras and becomes part of the story. The film style is a unique mixture of What Would You Do? and Punk’d.

Chris is a hopeless romantic who sees Maria while detailing someone’s car and then working at a smoothie shop. Maria is friendly with Chris at the smoothie shop, and they have many onlookers during their brief conversation. A customer scolds Chris for using his hands in the fruit container instead of the spoon, and another patron even asks if she can finally order once Maria left.

Tiffany Haddish is great in Bad Trip

Bud is mainly the sidekick in this story. His sister, Trina, is the biggest flaw in their plan because they took her car, and that’s all she wants back. Trina went from person to person with pictures of Chris, Bud, and her car, hoping that someone had seen them. After asking many people, she decides to steal a cop car and find them herself.

Trina has several great prank moments in the Netflix movie, including when she appears as an escaped convict, and a guy cleaning off spray paint from a wall encourages her to run away fast. Haddish does a fantastic job as Trina. She alarms everyone with who she comes into contact.

Chris and Bud find themselves in many absurd situations, including a truly unique problem with a Chinese finger trap. The reactions from the random people are hilarious. Most people don’t know how to react or respond to the situations the move puts them in.

One of Bad Trip‘s funniest aspects is that no one seems to recognize Andre even though he’s not wearing any form of a disguise. The Eric Andre Show recently finished after airing five seasons on Adult Swim, so you would think at least one person would recognize Andre. Bad Trip is one of those movies that would be funnier to watch with friends, but I still found myself laughing so hard that I stopped making noise at one point.

Bad Trip feels similar to Borat Subsequent Moviefilm because it’s a long road trip featuring many real-life people who don’t know they are in a movie. But unlike Borat, there isn’t a political message or social purpose to Bad Trip. It’s purely about putting people in awkward situations and seeing how they respond naturally. Most of the accidentally filmed people come across quite well, which is reassuring to America’s character.

Bad Trip is streaming on Netflix now.

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