‘Cocaine Bear’ turns real event into dark comedy


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“Cocaine Bears” is in theaters now.

Garrison Moritz, Staff Writer

In 1985, a drug smuggling plane dropped 75 lbs of cocaine in the wilderness of Tennessee, leading to an American black bear, happily named “Pablo Eskobear,” overdosing on the large amount of drugs after eating it. 

Now 38 years later, we have Cocaine Bear, a dark comedy about this event directed by Elizabeth Banks, but does it live up to the title of a “dark comedy.”. 

The movie was released Feb. 24 to good reviews, with the general consensus being while it isn’t  a great movie, it’s still a really fun watch and lives up to being a dark comedy. I agree with this. It isn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, but it is a good watch with some friends if you’re in the mood for a dark comedy.

Although, it does have some notable flaws. The movie can be very slow at times, making it seem like a very long movie, even though it’s only 90 minutes. Another notable problem is the script, it’s very forgettable, and the actors delivering the lines don’t do the best of jobs either.

Even with all these flaws, it is still a good movie overall. It is a fun watch whether you’re by yourself or with friends. If you ever have some free time and need a good laugh, watch Cocaine Bear. I promise you won’t regret it.