“Bear under cocaine”: the nose in the powder
This bloody, crazy and irreverent comedy, directed by Elizabeth Banks, has it all.
It's the story of a bear… that, you guessed it from the title of the film. The bear in question – because it is a female – fell on packets of cocaine dropped in the forest by a trafficker who died on landing. Dead? Yes. Because the corpses pile up and the limbs fly in all directions during the 95 minutes of this completely crazy “Bear under cocaine”.
The basic premise is almost true. In the 1980s, a bear (since christened “Pablo Escobear”, Americans sometimes not lacking in humor) in Georgia National Park got his nose into bags of cocaine so much that he overdosed without , however, kill anyone (which is obviously not the case in the feature film).
On screen, Sari (Keri Russell, all dressed in neon pink), a single mother, goes in search of her daughter, Dee Dee (Brooklynn Prince) and Henry (Christian Convery), her schoolmate, who decided not to go to class precisely on the day when the bear is in the throes of coke. At the same time, traffickers (O'Shea Jackson Jr., Alden Ehrenreich as well as Ray Liotta in one of his last roles before his death; the film is moreover dedicated to him) want to recover the bags of drugs and will cross paths with a forest ranger (Margo Martindale, absolutely hilarious), a sheriff (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and many other characters whose only interest is the eminently grotesque, and therefore laughter-inducing way in which they will pass away.
Producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, to whom we owe more family films like the animated saga “Lego”, were not afraid to leave screenwriter Jimmy Warden free to imagine the craziest plot ever…including a hilarious scene in which the two preteens try cocaine. Director Elizabeth Banks also plunged headlong into delirium, having her CGI bear perform the craziest stunts, including chasing an ambulance or climbing a tree.
You you understood: “Bear under cocaine” is a delicious delirium, inappropriate to the maximum, which has the intelligence not to drag on and which will delight moviegoers in search of enthusiastic ramblings.
- Rating: 3.5 out of 5
- “Bear on Cocaine” roars in theaters on February 24.