Have you ever watched a movie that was so utterly ridiculous that you were wholly captivated? Well, if you have yet to experience that, go watch Cocaine Bear pronto. Exactly as it sounds, the movie is about a bear on cocaine and the chaos that ensues.
On Feb. 24, Universal Pictures released Cocaine Bear, which is now available on Peacock TV and stars Keri Rusell as Sari, Alden Ehrenreich as Eddie, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Tom.
Although the movie is fiction, it is loosely based on the true story of a bear that overdosed after consuming almost 75 pounds of cocaine in a Georgia forest. In 1985, a drug dealer dropped over 40 blocks of cocaine into the forest in an attempt to lighten a plane load. This resulted in a bear finding and eating the cocaine, and shortly after consumption, overdosing; the bear did not kill people like the movie portrays. Doctors estimated that the black bear had only absorbed 3 to 4 grams of the cocaine into its bloodstream, but observed that its stomach was packed with cocaine.
While the movie does follow these true events, it deviates from the original storyline to make it more engaging and humorous. The film begins with the varying stories of different characters entering the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, and it follows their first encounters with a black bear who has eaten cocaine and gone crazy from the drugs. As the movie progresses, the characters meet each other and work together to escape the bear. The characters later discover that Eddie’s dad, Syd, is the drug smuggler to whom the cocaine belongs, and he attempts to steal it back from the bear.
If you are looking for a scary horror movie with realistic gore, this is, unfortunately, not the movie for you. Rather, this movie will make you laugh because of its almost predictable storyline, and the unrealistic gore is anything but scary. Owen Gleiberman of Variety magazine stated, “Is the movie good? No. Is it bad? Not quite. Is it ridiculous in a shameless and flamboyant enough way to be a gonzo delight? Only if you set the bar low enough by going in expecting that that’s what you’re going to see… You must go on opening weekend! And submit to the madness!”
Overall, in our humble opinions, this movie is a solid watch. While it may not be the most intellectually stimulating film, it is certainly entertaining. Walking into the theater, we expected a mediocre (at best) movie that would be unmemorable and not very funny. Our biggest concern was the amount of horror in the movie, but we were very mistaken as there was not a fright in sight due to the unrealistic CGI. Cocaine Bear is one of the most funny and unforgettable films we have seen in a while, and we definitely recommend watching it.