It’s the type of film that you would see come from the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen. The hidden camera prank type of movie that in one instance is a gross-fest and in another simply a laugh-out-loud shocker. It’s called Bad Trip and it stars Eric Andre, Lil Rey Howery, and Tiffany Haddish and right now it is sitting at number one on Netflix worldwide.
If you have seen Baron Cohen’s Borat films then you will immediately understand the set-up for Bad Trip. The film has Andre and Howery playing best friends, Chris and Bud, who go through life’s daily struggles at work, around town, at home, wherever you can find a camera, that is where you will see these two. Included in their hijinks is Tiffany Haddish, onboard as Bud’s troubled and violent sister Trina, who is constantly running afoul of the law.
The movie is one big prank after another, some hit and some miss. The storyline (what little there is of it) follows Chris and his quest to win the hand of Maria, a girl, he claims to those who will listen, who was his high school crush. Chris is working at a car wash when he first sees Maria and while trying to figure out how to talk to her, a powerful vacuum sucks off all his clothes, leaving him naked and hiding in a customer’s car. He tries to get the man whose car he is hiding in to get Maria’s phone number for him, but she turns him down. Yes, this is the type of movie we are dealing with here.
When we meet Bud and Tiffany Haddish’s Trina, Bud is working at a computer shop, and Trina, though under house arrest, visits him at the shop, begging Bud for some money. When he refuses, Trina decides to rob the store, then remove her ankle bracelet. On her way out she gives some money to two customers with the strict warning not to snitch on her.
There is plenty of nudity and bodily fluids throughout Bad Trip. One instance finds Chris, now working at a smoothie shop, who has another run-in with Maria. During their conversation, Chris finds out that Maria now works at an art gallery in New York, and she hands him her business card. The card distracts Chris enough that he accidentally gets his hand caught in a smoothie blender, causing blood to splatter all over the store.
Chris and Bud decide they are going to head to New York but don’t have the wheels to get them there. With Tiffany Haddish’s Trina now in jail, they decide to steal her car for the trip. They pay for the car to be removed from impound and head out. Meanwhile, Trina escapes jail with one goal, to kill both her brother and Chris. So she steals a police car and is in hot pursuit.
Bodily fluids continue to fly as well when the boys go drinking, taking numerous shots, causing Chris to vomit uncontrollably. They also visit a zoo where Chris gets raped by the gorilla after Chris sneaks into his cage to get a selfie.
Chris and Bud finally reach New York and Maria’s art gallery with Trina hot on their heels. Does Chris get the girl? Will Trina complete her sworn goal of death to Chris and Bud? Stick through the end credits to catch some behind-the-scenes footage to see how some of the pranks were set-up.
Tiffany Haddish has been on the edge of success for some time now. The stand-up comic gained notoriety starting with a spot on Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes? She then appeared in guest spots on TV shows such as That’s So Raven, Chelsea Lately, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, My Name is Earl, Reality Bites Back, and New Girl. While she was getting more and more work, Tiffany Haddish never truly broke through. Always memorable in the small roles she played, she finally got her chance at a bigger role when she played Nekeisha on The Carmichael Show, who was played by her Bad Trip co-star Lil Rey Howery. Haddish gained an even bigger fan base when she appeared opposite Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Queen Latifah in the hit feature comedy Girls Trip.
In 2017, Tiffany Haddish hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, making her the first African American female stand-up comedian to have such an honor. For her performance on the show, Haddish won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Critically speaking, Bad Trip was surprisingly not seen as a poor attempt to follow in Baron Cohen’s footsteps. In fact, the general consensus of the film was that, while gross in many parts, the film held up well offer many laughs. The movie never got its wide release as the COVID pandemic saw to that. The Tiffany Haddish film was accidentally released for a short bit of time on Amazon Prime but was taken down, but not before it found its way onto file-sharing platforms.
MGM finally sold the film to Netflix, which released the film last week. It immediately hit the number one spot and continues to keep that position. If you like Tiffany Haddish and hidden camera movies in the vein of Borat, then Bad Trip is your movie.