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"Cocaine Bear": probably not movie of the year

By Jasmine Moore

Staff Writer

Despite a compelling storyline and an exciting movie trailer, "Cocaine Bear" just couldn't seem to match the hype it was given and left audiences disappointed with poor execution and a weak plot. Maybe, just maybe, it was so bad that it was good?


"Cocaine Bear" is a comedy thriller based on the true story of an American black bear who ingested over 75 pounds of cocaine in 1985.

The movie features different groups of people who are unaware of the bear and head into the wilderness, where they encounter it. These encounters range from scary, funny, dramatic to deadly.


The tone throughout the movie varies. However, there is an overall underlying humor, so I would say that the tone is daunting but humorous.


Several moments make up for this film‘s faults, and everything eventually comes full circle. Not only does each character have their own "moment" with the cocaine bear, but the characters learn shocking truths about each other. Throughout the movie, these moments take you on a roller coaster from humor to harrowing.


Overall, this movie was fun to watch, but I would not classify it as a “good movie.”

It was poorly made and cheesy, and the graphics were obviously fake, though I think that was the movie's intent.

This was an relatively interesting movie and the events that inspired were entertaining, but it is not something that I would want to watch again.


2.5 out of 5 stars



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