Can I say I’m a little picky towards pranks? I can be a very literal person so the thing with pranks in general is if I don’t know what to expect or just don’t see it coming, I’d be convinced some one was out to screw with me.....which is why my first initial thoughts on “Bad Trip” left me unfulfilled about April Fools.
But on second viewing, I can see a fan of Andre or hidden camera genre films rejoicing over this.
From what I saw, It’s not so much about creating a freak show from unsuspecting extras, but moreso noting what one would do when confronted by someone delusional. It's not about the best joke or the best prank but the whole setup....and before anyone asks, yes, I’m aware Tom Green did something like that with his show as well. But I don’t find the guy to be hilarious at all; sue me. At least Andre actually got me to laugh in the first place. Making use of lighthearted gags mixed with some clever uses of hidden cameras unfortunately exacerbated by the one dimensional pranks themselves, not much of the movie came off as a giant LOL package despite some genuine laughs. But hey, I can appreciate how straight the main characters play it while hoisting these gags, really pushing the envelope with them while staying in character on oblivious people; it just goes to show how well-acted everyone was.
Andre and Howery shared some genuine chemistry, Tiffany Haddish wasn’t annoying for once, cinematography and editing never got grating, no problems came about with the production design or any of the music and....well, I don’t have a whole lot to say. The plot is tried and true and it’s been done before countless times along with the journey of getting there so I don’t.....not recommend it if you’re in to this kind of thing.