Unhealthy Journey is an ideal movie. There. I stated it.
Sure, it is true that the largely improvised romantic comedy, now streaming on Netflix, would not have a lot in widespread with different titans of cinema. In any case, the hidden digicam style is not recognized to garner severe Hollywood acclaim, and, as a matter of style, this prank-tastic epic is unabashedly lowbrow. (I am going to let the movie’s most discussed scene — one involving star Eric Andre, a crowd of unsuspecting onlookers, and a violently sexy gorilla — converse for itself in that regard.)
We’re speaking two dudes with their dicks caught in a finger entice humorous.
However, when condensed right into a swift hour and 24 minute runtime, these hard-won, no-fucks-given laughs make this outrageous, offensive, and sometimes disgusting film minute-for-minute essentially the most entertaining factor I’ve seen in a really, very very long time. Reader, it’s…simply…so…humorous.
We’re speaking tears streaming down your face humorous. We’re speaking milk popping out of your nostril humorous. We’re speaking two dudes with their dicks caught in a finger entice helplessly stumbling alongside a golf course earlier than getting chased down the inexperienced by an offended man wielding a driving membership humorous. After all, followers of this sort of factor have come to anticipate nothing much less from the parents behind Grownup Swim’s cult hit The Eric Andre Present.
Director Kitao Sakurai, who cowrote Unhealthy Journey‘s screenplay with Andre and fellow Eric Andre Present alum Dan Curry, retains his film extra grounded than the surrealist speak present, however not by a lot.
Andre and co-lead Lil Rel Howery play mates Chris and Bud on this ridiculous highway journey journey. When Chris runs into his childhood crush Maria, performed by Michaela Conlin, on the automotive wash, a mishap involving a malfunctioning vacuum leaves him unable (learn: too bare) to shoot his shot. So Bud, having stolen his sister’s scorching pink Lincoln City Automotive with a “Unhealthy Bitch” decal on the again window, agrees to drive Chris from Florida to New York Metropolis for an additional shot on the one he loves.
It is a strong sufficient premise, elevated to its highest comedic potential by way of Unhealthy Journey‘s stunningly well-executed and completely unwavering dedication to the bit.
The ensuing chaos is a lovable mix of light-hearted enjoyable and real kindness.
As a substitute of attending to know our heroes by way of scripted scenes, we’re launched by way of a collection of hysterical public stunts that place harmless passersby as shock supporting gamers in Chris and Bud’s journey. The characters we come to know and love, each scripted and unscripted, are introduced in a chaotic string of unplanned moments that really feel intoxicatingly high-stakes and surprisingly heartfelt.
Take, for instance, Bud’s sister and major antagonist Trina. Performed by Tiffany Haddish, Trina enters the movie in a stunt that forces some poor man to assist her prison character escape what appears to be like like a jail transport car. That stranger, in fact, did not realize it was faux and definitely did not acknowledge Haddish. (In an interview with Vulture, Andre stated they particularly sought targets who would not clock the solid.) The ensuing chaos is a lovable mix of in-on-the-joke enjoyable and stunning kindness that I’ve by no means seen achieved in different prank-centric movies.
“You higher take your ass off,” the visibly shaken stranger says, as Haddish stumbles round in an orange jumpsuit, asking whether or not any guards have come by. “You higher fucking run,” he repeats.
So she does. And when an actor posing as a corrections officer returns to the car, asking about his prisoner, the stranger stoically covers for her, refusing to offer her up. The officer leaves, and shortly Trina returns for a hug, gleefully dubbing the person “an confederate to my shit.”
He is understandably and adorably baffled by the gesture.
Via the stranger’s palpable uneasiness and Haddish’s over-the-top efficiency — have I discussed but how wonderful she is on this? — we study every part we have to find out about Trina, her stakes, and how much film we’ll be watching. Attaining that steadiness of narrative continuity, dramatic stress, and outright hilarity is what this comedic crew does so properly, and the feature-length format lets them do it time and again with ever-increasing success.
From a shock musical in a mall to a waitress very keen to debate her sexual historical past, each cease on this voyage is well worth the road-time. I will not give anything away, however… Unhealthy Journey is an ideal movie. There. I stated it, once more. It is candy, it is quick, and rattling, is it humorous.