Review by Paul Salfen

SYNOPSIS: After a 500-pound black bear consumes a significant amount of cocaine and embarks on a drug-fueled rampage, an eccentric gathering of cops, criminals, tourists, and teenagers assemble in a Georgia forest.

This is Paul Salfen with your KLAK Movie Minute. In theaters this weekend is Cocaine Bear, the highly-anticipated viral sensation that gives the audience what they asked for: a bear on a cocaine rampage. Of course you know this is going to be silly, gory, funny, and often times a dragged-out one-trick pony, but did you ever expect more? Director Elizabeth Banks weaves in elements of horror, comedy, action-adventure, and yes, even a few sweet moments in this Southern-fried 90 minutes of ridiculousness. Here the kids steal the show, but we should say this movie is definitely not for kids – and it must be said because there were kids at the screening. Sadly, this is the last appearance of the late great Ray Liotta but he went out with a hammy role that got plenty of laughs, which would have made him proud. Will this lead to more illegal drug meets giant beast flicks? Don’t be surprised. But for now, if you want an hour and a half of mindless fun to take your mind off of the strains of the world, this might be it. The best description of this film: it is what it is exactly as advertised. That’s it for this week. Join me next week and every week for another Movie Minute right here on 97.5 KLAK, AMFM Magazine, and RECRD.


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