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Bad Trip | 2020 | R | – 7.6.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Bad Trip” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “crude sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity and drug use.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes pranks such as an implied sexual assault by a gorilla on a man including implied ejaculate, a kiss in a dream sequence, a fully nude man (no genitals are seen), many scenes of prank-type violence with no visible injuries shown, and over 100 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A combination of scripted comedy with real-life hidden camera pranks: Lifelong buddies (Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery) escape their boring lives with a road trip to New York City, where one friend plans to propose to his high school crush (Michaela Conlin). To do so the friends steal a car from a relative (Tiffany Haddish), who breaks out of prison and steals a police cruiser to chase them down. Also with Michaela Conlin. Directed by Kitao Sakurai. [Running Time: 1:24]

Bad Trip SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A man enters a zoo’s gorilla pen and the gorilla (it’s a man in an ape suit) grabs him and seems to rape him anally as we see one of the man’s bare buttocks; onlookers gasp and point (there are no children there) and a woman off-screen yells, “Pull up your pants”; the supposedly assaulted man exits the pen and then re-enters, whereupon the ape grabs his head and flings him to the ground on all fours, and then thrusts its groin into the man’s face rhythmically (in close-up, we see a stream of white viscous material shoot out as if from a spray can onto the man’s face, and he says it’s ejaculate) as onlookers gasp, shout and turn away. A TV screen shows a large gorilla facing the camera and lying on the back of a smaller gorilla, thrusting in what appears to be intercourse.
 A large vacuum hose in a car wash sucks the coveralls off a man to leave him nude (we see frontal and back nudity, except for the man’s hands covering his genitals); a man nearby gasps and curses and the nude man jumps into the back seat of an empty car to hide, still covering his genitals.
 Two men wake up and find their penises are stuck in the ends of a Chinese finger puzzle, through their trousers: we see long, rubber tubing used to simulate penises as the men stand up slowly and ask passersby for help (people keep walking), walk back from each other and the “penises” stretch as a man and a woman look alarmed, they try to separate and one of the trapped men grabs a knife and dramatically cuts the puzzle off the “penises.”
 In a dream sequence, a man crashes through a door into a conference room, grabs a woman, lays her on a table, stands between her legs and kisses her as other men giggle. A dream sequence shows a man calling a woman “hot” for beating up a male bully and tossing him into a market stall; she then kicks a blind man in the crotch and beats him with his cane, and she and a man skip away and the scene cuts to their wedding; the man kisses the woman and the officiant priest kisses him as people cover their faces or grimace and gasp; the dreaming man wakes up and we see that he is driving and he swerves to avoid another car.
 A woman wearing a beard and a man’s suit twerks in the face of a man sitting at a banquet and he looks surprised. Two men wear makeup and dresses to appear as women and flirt with older men at a banquet and the men act offended.
 A woman asks a police officer to kiss her and he says, “No I’m married.” A man tells a woman that he would tell his girlfriend, “Let’s make love under the sunset” and the woman tells him to be less sexual when he talks to his girlfriend. A man stares and gapes at an attractive woman in three scenes.
 Two women wear miniskirts that end at the upper thighs in background shots. Three women wear tight-fitting tights that hug their curves.

Bad Trip VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A man enters a zoo’s gorilla pen and the gorilla (it’s a man in an ape suit) grabs him and seems to rape him anally; onlookers gasp and point, the assaulted man exits the pen and then re-enters, whereupon the ape grabs his head and flings him to the ground on all fours, and then thrusts its groin into the man’s face rhythmically (in close-up we see a stream of white viscous material shoot out as if from a spray can onto the man’s face, and he says it’s ejaculate) as onlookers gasp, shout and turn away.
 Two men in a speeding car hit a line of parked cars and flip over them, crashing loudly and landing the car on the roof; both men get out and one has a little fake blood on his forehead as they argue and another man tries to break them up when the car explodes in a large fireball and people run away, screaming.
 A woman with an ankle monitor pushes past two women customers in a small shop, pushes a man (her brother) away from the cash register and steals all the cash; she then breaks her ankle monitor, gives money to the customers, and threatens to kill them if they “snitch.”
 A man removes a woman’s car from being impounded and when she finds out, she plans to kill him and another man; she swipes a glass bowl off a counter (it shatters) and she breaks off the barrier arm of the entrance with her hand. A woman says, “I’ll kill you two. I’m gonna kill somebody. I’m gonna kill those [F-word deleted]. I’m gonna kill they (sic) ass. I’m gonna kill those [derogatory term for African-American people deleted]. I will kill them both. You gonna die today.” A woman in a diner passes out fliers that state she will kill the two men pictured on them; she leaves and a man says she’s a terrorist, and when she returns, people are alarmed as she snaps a large staple gun to make gun-like noises and a woman says that she is a killer.
 A woman chases a man through a gallery, outside and to the roof, then grabs him on the roof, shoves him, and dangles him off the roof about two stories in the air and a bystander given a bullhorn from a police officer yells for the woman on the roof to stop hurting the man; after some shouting and cursing the woman pulls the man back onto the roof; another man on the roof shouts at her, they argue, she curses, and then she cold cocks him in the face but he does not fall, and they hug.
 A man mixes smoothies with his hand and wipes his nose with the back of his hand and women complain; he sticks his hand into a blender of red juice and it grinds loudly as he screams and something red splatters on the gasping customers, the counters, a wall, and the ceiling (when his hand comes out, we don’t see a cut) and a tower of fruit falls to the floor. Two men pretend to help a woman whose car battery died, they open the car’s hood and tell her to rev the engine, the battery pops loudly as sparks fly and the man at the hood collapses, but gets up unharmed; the woman driver exits the car and curses the two men, who leave.
 Two men wake up in some grass and claim headaches as they stand and find their penises are stuck in the ends of a Chinese finger puzzle, through their trousers; we see long, rubber tubing used to simulate penises as the men stand up slowly and ask passersby for help (people keep walking), walk back from each other and the “penises” stretch as a man and a woman look alarmed, and the trapped men approach a man that tries to help by saying to get a knife and then curses them, shouting at them to leave; they enter a barbershop and another man with a long switchblade chases them out, and they struggle in a restaurant and yell for help until one of the trapped men grabs a knife from a man’s table and dramatically cuts the puzzle off the “penises” while people gasp and stare.
 Two men argue and one man stalks away, leaving the other man crying; the crying man walks to an army recruiter stall, says he wants to die in war, and then knocks materials off the table accidentally and the recruiter tells him to get himself together. At a gas station, a pump hose comes loose, gushes all over a car until a man pushes a shutoff switch, and the driver leaves in the wet car.
 A man in a bar vomits gallons of brown debris over men, women, floors and walls; he appears to have a hose up his sleeve to pour out the substance. A man gags, runs to a Porta-Potty as he flatulates, enters, and slams the door; he shouts inside and when a woman opens the door we see him sitting down inside the toilet opening as he asks the woman to get some butter to help get him unstuck and when he rises up a bit we see brown material all over his shirt (men and women outside gag and turn away as the toilet shed falls over to end the scene).
 Under the influence of unknown drugs (please see the Substance Use category for more details), two men dance through supermarket aisles and one of them chases a woman with a live lobster, and a woman tells the men to step back or she will hit them; the men knock items off several shelves and knock over a tall display of goods and one of the men sits up quickly from a freezer case and startles a man who giggles.
 A woman runs to a running police cruiser that is empty, breaks the driver’s side window with a rock, pulls off the door, and steals the vehicle. A plumber enters a house and a man jumps up from a bathtub full of beer cans and pizza boxes, startling the plumber. A man runs outside and toward a smoothie shop, running through yards, knocking sidewalk displays down, and jumping through a splintering wooden fence and through a plate glass door that shatters loudly to the floor (he is not injured).
 A singing man bothers men and women in a sidewalk cafe and enters a mall food court where workers dance with him, knocking over sales displays and startling gasping customers. In the end credits, a golf cart containing four people hits a display after one rider pops a champagne bottle (there are no injuries). A woman rides under the chassis of a prison bus, gets out and runs down a sidewalk. A man chases a bus, shouting wildly, it stops, he gets on and argues briefly with a friend and the two reconcile.
 A man tries to enter a closed event at a gallery, the bouncer pushes him back hard several times, and he finally gets in. A woman drives a police cruiser through a wall and into a gallery, stops, exits the car, and beats a man with her fists, kicks paintings, and a glass sculpture that crashes loudly into pieces as men and women shriek in fear and run outside. Two men enter a wrecked art gallery and the owner shrieks and curses at them to leave; they leave and the owner cries.
 A woman disguised as a man joins two men dressed as cross-dressers (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and walks to the DJ stand, cursing the DJ to leave; she takes over and all three disguised people play music and dance as others glower or look confused.
 End credits include footage that shows the reactions of unsuspecting bystanders throughout the film as they hear about the film and the hidden camera pranks; many of the people shout and laugh.

Bad Trip LANGUAGE 10

 – About 108 F-words and its derivatives including one tattooed across a woman’s knuckles, 9 sexual references, 55 scatological terms including one vomit reference, 25 anatomical terms, 24 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, craziest, idiot, stupid, schlub, slut, White, liar, loser, punk, Crazy Chris, Retard Chris, NY Albino, Bleached Ninja Turtles), exclamations (dang, wow, booyah, whoa, whoo), 9 religious profanities (GD), 35 religious exclamations (e.g. OMG, God, God Bless You, Jesus, I Swear To God, Oh Lord, Holy [F-word deleted], Holy [scatological term deleted], Holy Cow, Holy Calamity, and prayer). | profanity glossary |

Bad Trip SUBSTANCE USE

 – Two men find pills in a car’s glove compartment and swallow some (the scene becomes distorted and one man speaks in slow motion while the other chirps as if he breathed helium) and they both slur their words and dance through supermarket aisles (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) as a clerk says that they are on drugs. A woman in a shop says she drinks Pepto-Bismol with whiskey, men and women drink from bottles of beer and one woman drinks a tall cocktail, two men and two women drink shots of whiskey, a man drinks four shots of whiskey and staggers, slurs his speech and climbs on a canopy over a bar before falling to the floor (he’s unharmed), and glasses of beer as well as champagne and wine are shown on tables at a banquet and a few men and women drink from their glasses. A man takes a long puff from a pipe and puts it in his pocket as we see a smoke cloud.

Bad Trip DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Pranks, costumes, slapstick, racial differences, urban life, lack of success, conflicts, violence, drug use, escaping from prison, plotting to kill others, love, friendship, improving life, helping others, forgiveness.

Bad Trip MESSAGE

 – People can be fooled by strangers or emotionally hurt by friends, but most are forgiving.

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