Owen Gleiberman
August 02, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Magic Trip

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
107 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/05/11
performer
Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Stanley Tucci
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B

In 1964, Ken Kesey, the 29-year-old author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, gathered a group of friends for a freewheeling cross-country road trip. They painted a school bus psychedelic colors (a first), dropped acid, and shot the whole thing on 16mm. Directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood have edited that footage into a record of the fabled Merry Pranksters odyssey. It’s like seeing the birth of the ’60s, with great moments (including Neal Cassady doing speed-freak monologues). But MAGIC TRIP was also a feast of ”communality” that now looks like a goofy narcissistic ramble. (Also available on demand) B

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