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Movie Review: Cocaine Bear

When I first read that Hollywood decided to take the true life story about a bear who consumed so much cocaine that it overdosed and promptly died, I was wondering if they were really that short on fresh ideas. Then I watched the trailer, and was intrigued.

Set in the 80s, Cocaine Bear follows a mother (Keri Russell) in search of her daughter and cocaine handling drug dealers (Alden Ehrenreich, Ray Liotta, O’Shea Jackson Jr.) in search of their missing drugs in side by side storylines that converge by movie’s end as the bear consumes cocaine and goes on a bloody reign of terror though hikers, teenagers, and park rangers.

This film is everything that the trailer promises, a gory yet comical adventure into the woods populated by characters who are flawed yet likable in some way. It’s such an enjoyable ride, that I had no issues turning off suspension of disbelief and my knowledge that the real bear who got high on all that cocaine did so without the bloodbath. It’s just based on the idea of the original story, not biopic of a bear. The film owns what it is in a great throwback to an era where horror movies were allowed to be campy, gory masterpieces.

If you’re looking for something so ridiculous that only Elizabeth Banks could have directed it, Cocaine Bear is your movie. I loved it and it is easily one of my favorite films this year.

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