Movie Review

Streaming Spotlight by Cindy Summers
Netflix Originals

3 out of 4 palm trees
Breeze rating from 1 to 4 palm trees, 4 being best.

Premiering in the Netflix Top 10 over the weekend, HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS is narrated by Nick Offerman and features actors, comedians, musicians and other well-known personalities including Deepak Chopra, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Rosie Perez, Sting, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Bourdain, ASAP Rocky, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, to name a few who share their personal views and experiences involving psychedelics of all sorts including LSD, mushrooms, peyote and DMT.

A large group of A-list comedians and celebrities share some very interesting personal experiences that are re-enacted with 70s style animation. The documentary also shares information from scientists and other professionals regarding the use of hallucinogens for recreational use, as well as sharing pioneering techniques using psychotropic drugs to treat depression, addition and help terminal patients embrace mortality.
Viewers learn of the pro and cons, good trips vs. bad trips, with vibrant colorful animation and comedy poking fun at stigmas from the past such as playing related old 60s newsreels and changing “The More You Know” educational PSAs to “The More You Trip” with messages like “Don’t drive, Don’t look in the mirror, Control your set & setting, Do look in the mirror”. Scenes alternate between comedy and science

“When you have a bad trip, and I’ve had many, you realize it’s just what you needed. Sometimes it kicks your ass and sometimes you have to have your ego taken down. On the other hand, you can get immensely rewarding experiences full of love and support ….a connection to the planet. It balances out.”

Dr. Charles Grob – Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA
“I’m a researcher investigating the potential for a hallucinogen treatment model to heal psychiatric illness or heal addiction. I’ve also conducted the next DEA approve study where we have permission to use the alkaloid of hallucinogenic mushrooms psilocybin in a treatment model for individuals with advanced stage cancer who have reactive anxiety. Over all, their quality of life improved noticeably.”

Sarah Silverman
“I’ll be honest, I don’t remember having a conversation about it, I don’t remember anything other than he handed it to us,and we just went “boop,” put it right in our mouths. Didn’t think a thought about it. Forty-five minutes later… What was that, was that acid we took? I don’t feel anything. It’s always when you say I don’t feel anything is usually the tipping point. Do I feel anything. What is feeling. What is feeling anything. Oh, this is what tripping on acid is like.”

HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS in an entertaining, educational documentary that shares insightful information and detailed experiences that those who know can relate to, and those who are inexperienced can find some interesting and intriguing aspects regarding the uses of hallucinogenics.

Rated: NR
86 minutes

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