All of the Bad Trip pranks, ranked

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 /
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Bad Trip pranks
BAD TRIP:(L to R) Eric Andre as “Chris” & Lil Rel Howery as “Bud”. /

Bad Trip pranks

Bad Trip, the new Netflix movie starring Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish, features a lot of pranks. Its plot amounts to a fairly dull, run-of-the-mill buddy comedy, but that’s really not the reason to watch the movie – most people are clicking play to see the real-life pranks.

Frequenters of The Eric Andre Show have at least some familiarity with the kinds of things to expect, and Bad Trip falls in line with a lot of the extreme, awkward humor that the show offers.

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With that in mind, let’s dive into the spoiler-filled ranking of all the pranks in Bad Trip!

20. J.R. Crickets

For a hidden-camera prank to really work, you have to hit the sweet spot of suspension of disbelief with both the people witnessing the prank and the audience watching the movie. In this prank, in which Tiffany Haddish’s Trina alternates with Andre’s Chris and Howery’s Bud in a bunch of missed connections within one busy restaurant, neither of the two criteria land at all. The prank drags out for far too long, and it doesn’t really make sense that the patrons wouldn’t think they’re on Punk’d here.

19. Reunited on the Bus

In a stereotypical “movie moment,” Chris stops the bus that his estranged friend Bud is on just as it’s leaving. He apologizes and reconciles with Bud in front of the bus passengers, one of whom is visibly moved by the interaction. Not much is really outrageous about the prank, and the situation itself, unfortunately, relies on more plot service than hinging on reactions – pretty unremarkable.

18. The Smaller Pranks (Title Sequence, Porta Potty, Bouncer, GTFO, etc.)

All the brief interactions between the cast and random people on the street are included here, like Chris running through random houses in the title sequence, Bud falling in the porta potty, and Maria screaming at Chris to get out, then getting consoled by cleaning ladies right after. Most of them read like first drafts of Eric Andre Show bits, but the best ones cede quality airtime to some more blunt, open people on the street.

17. Gas Station Leak

Before getting on the road in Georgia, Chris tries, in the stupidest way possible, to refill his gas tank, breaking the gas pump clean off. A pretty gullible “cowboy man” tries to help out by pressing all the buttons on the broken pump instead of, you know, going in the station store for help. It’s a solid bit docked a couple of  ranks for being pretty short and underdeveloped.