If you’ve ever wanted to listen to Natasha Lyonne, Anthony Bourdain, Ben Stiller, Nick Offerman, and Sarah Silverman discuss LSD, Netflix has a new offering for you. It’s called “Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics,” and it captures moments like A$AP Rocky telling a story about the time acid made a rainbow shoot out from his penis. The documentary is available on Netflix as of today.
“Don’t get me wrong, drugs can be dangerous, but they can also be hilarious,” says a pseudo professor Nick Offerman, as he catches the audience up on the stigmatization of drugs like LSD in mainstream media. The drug has had a profound impact on all forms of entertainment and has been featured in innumerable films, television shows, and music.
The Netflix documentary focuses more on the more comedic and enlightening aspects tripping out, using reenactments and trippy animations that bring their surreal hallucinations to life. The film tackles big questions, like: Can psychedelics have a powerful role in treating depression, addiction, and helping us confront our own mortality? Are we all made of the same stuff? Is love really all we need? Can trees talk? Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, “Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop-cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of drugs that change one’s perspective.
So, who would put themselves through something that is both dangerous and hilarious? The producers of “Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” turned to an expansive cast of musicians, visual artists, and actors all willing to talk about their experiences. If you forgot what it was like to try acid for the first time, or attempt to function, or if you’ve ever uttered the phrase “I don’t feel anything” moments before blasting off, this film is a gut-splitting flashback to all of that.
The flashbacks are real anecdotes delivered by stars like Ad-Rock, Adam Scott, Bill Kreutzmann, David Cross, Donovan, Lewis Black, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Reggie Watts, Rob Cordory, Rosie Perez, Shepard Fairey, Sting, Will Forte, and tons of others, including the late Anthony Bourdain and Carrie Fisher.
The stories are wild but the Alan Aldous team still finds them entirely relatable. I don’t have a story like Anthony Bourdain’s, but I was once Paul Scheer in Amsterdam on mushrooms.
Patrick says he’s been in Adam Horowitz’s shoes before, not sure whether he was in peril or maybe just in the company of a helpful church group.
Alex had a Nick Kroll as the kelp monster moment while attending the University of Guelph. (These days, the lab at the University of Guelph is attempting to understand how drugs such as ketamine work in the brain and influence behaviour.)
Connor and Harrison both tell me they’ve been Lewis Black forgetting his name at a party and becoming hilariously resourceful to avoid breaking what he calls trip etiquette.
And we all generally agree with Carrie Fisher when she says she’s never seen anything on a trip that wasn’t there, just things that misbehave.
We’re giving “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” a high score for being somewhat educational but mostly entertaining whilst making psychedelics seem like a pretty good idea right about now. Watch it on Netflix right now.