Rent Cocaine Bear (2023)

3.0 of 5 from 337 ratings
1h 31min
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Synopsis:
Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner's plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow - and blood.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Elizabeth Banks, Brian Duffield, Max Handelman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Matt Reilly, Aditya Sood, Christine Sun
Writers:
Jimmy Warden
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/05/2023
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English, French, German, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel and More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/05/2023
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/05/2023
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • And More!

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Reviews (7) of Cocaine Bear

Highly entertaining, fun, arch Popcorn movie with a really well-written script & decent characters - Cocaine Bear review by PV

Spoiler Alert
11/06/2023

OK so at first I thought this would be SNAKES ON A PLANE or SHARKNADO territory - though bizarrely this tale is (VERY VERY VERY loosely) based on a true story.

However, what makes this movie is a decent script. It is truly amazing how many socalled professional persons in TV and film think you can get away with a duff boxticking script and make decent movies and TV drama. Just watch the pc woke tickbox dross presently embarrassing the screen of BBC and ITV to see how that works out.

The script saves this film - the pace is great, the characters quirky and arch, the character arcs make sense even with cartoon character elements, with some killer lines and dialogue. AND then the CGI bear special effects are something only possible now - amazing how far CGI has come in 30 years and I usually dislike too much of it BUT well, they can't use a real coked up killer bear, now can they? I shall still avoid all Marvel superhero movies though.

if you let the movie run you get the extras automatically and then you hear the female director claim, with a straight face, that somehow she invented comedy horros movies by 'inserting comedy into a horror film'. Yes, dear. But you see, it's been done and a lot and for decades in a genre called COMEDY HORROR. Sigh...

THE AMERICANS was a truly great TV drama series so great to see 2 stars from it here esp Margo Martindale (and always nice when a decent actor gets success eventually in middle age, no doubt after decades of rejection by directors and producers).

The child actors are great, with Christian Convery especially like a mini Owen Wilson with that southern drawl (even though he is from Vancouver, Canada). One does worry re child stars, esp super-confident ones. See the life of late 1940s child star Bobby Driscoll to see the worst that can happen (his last gig was voicing Peter Pan in the 1953 movie).

Cocaine Bear is a PERFECT Friday night cinema movie or one to watch with friends. Do not take it too seriously, and you'll be fine.

Anyone po-faced and puritan about drugs can always watch NARCOS the great TV series straight after, also set in the muhc-missed 1980s like this.

4 stars

3 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Dire - Cocaine Bear review by SS

Spoiler Alert
22/06/2023

Awful,Awful,Awful

Script terrible,performances all uniformly bad

Aware that the Film going for that B Movie classic status but fails on every single level.

2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Animal slasher comedy - Cocaine Bear review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
23/06/2023

Light-hearted caper pits a cast of expendable characters against a cocaine-fuelled bear. It takes a while to get going then the severed limbs start flying to pop songs such as Depeche Mode’s ‘Just can’t get enough’. The main problem is that the comic characters hold no interest and there are too many scenes of them without the bear. Plus it was a mistake to hold the climax in gloomy darkness. Still, it’s an irresistible idea, based on true events, and is a hoot in parts.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Cocaine Bear review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Cocaine Bear feels like one of those joke films you’d see in a TV show, ala Sack Lunch in Seinfeld. There’d probably be some eccentric character trying to make a case for seeing the film. Don’t you understand? It’s a BEAR on COCAINE. Sure, the bear probably kills a bunch of people, but don’t you want to see how she ate all that cocaine and killed all those people? With a lesser director and smaller budget, sure, this could easily be another SyFy Channel creature feature of the week, bound for a crossover versus film with Sharknado. Thankfully, there’s a bit more to this picture than just the bear and the cocaine. Although, yes, there are a lot of bear kills and cocaine.

The wild part some may not believe is that this is based on a true story. Taking place in 1985, the drug smuggler Andrew C. Thornton II met an unfortunate end when he dropped from the sky with his cocaine. His plane crashed, and a bear got into the cocaine littered about a Georgia state park. That’s the bizarre story, but it’s ballooned into a horror comedy where the bear goes on a killing rampage while opposing parties fight over the cocaine.

Like any good slasher movie, this horror flick is engrossing for its hilarious characters assembled. They’re all acting with tongues relatively in cheek for the premise that spins together so many individuals. Ray Liotta is a mob man hoping to get that shipment of drugs back and enlists his grieving son (Alden Ehrenreich) and a short-fused gangster (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) to track it down. Christian Convery and Brooklynn Prince are two foul-mouthed kids who take off for the park and flee their lives from the drug-taking bear. Keri Russell is the matriarch who goes off to find them. Isiah Whitlock Jr. is the detective seeking the gangsters, while Margo Martindale is the park ranger seeking the kids.

Everybody in the cast brings their A-game to this B-movie. Watching Convery and Prince dare each other to do cocaine is absurd enough to appreciate the bizarre curiosity. Ehrenreich becomes a blubbering mess, slowly gaining the confidence to stand up against his mob dad and take charge. O'Shea Jackson Jr. is the perfect straight-man/short-fused enforcer who gets incredibly frustrated if his many fights lead to blood getting on his new clothes. Russell and Lioata are great, but I doubt I had to state that, given their resumes and ease of rolling with this type of material. Some love should be given to Isiah Whitlock Jr. for getting some of the best lines and delivering them with comedic perfection, remarking on the weirdness of a bear on cocaine. In terms of facing off against the bear, Martindale is the most fun to watch with her spitfire personality and ability to take a licking and keep kicking.

Okay, but what about the violence? Yes, you’ll see the bear gore people in the wildest ways. But hear me out; there’s also a good theme about the dynamics between parents and kids. Every character has some level of parental involvement that they struggle to deal with. Yes, this includes the bear who has cubs that she is protecting. The ultimate finale involves the coked-up cubs ripping out guts so it won’t soften up on its brutality.

If you desire to see a horror movie where a bear does cocaine and kills many people, Cocaine Bear will satisfy that itch. It delivers on what it promises with a few solid surprises in its bloody carnage of wildlife gone too wild. It could use some more to its emotional gore and maybe even some more blood and guts to send it over the top, but it gets the job done of being a doozy of a goofy creature feature.

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