Magic Trip (15)

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Magic Trip documents Ken Kesey (the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and his tedious gang of Merry Pranksters (including their prattling driver Neal Cassady, who was immortalised in Kerouac's On the Road) and their mission to "seek out the heart of America" in their garish Magic Bus.

They drop acid (a lot), frolic around with little on and talk about being "minstrels and mimes" (ouch) on their "crazee" road trip from California to New York in 1964 to see the World's Fair. Magic Trip, shot on 16mm footage, is nicely put together by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood, but about as compelling as looking at someone else's "zany" holiday snaps for 107 minutes.

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