'Abduction,' 'Beastly,' 'New Year's Eve' and...?
8. "Magic Trip"
I think it was about thirty minutes into Alex Gibney's flabby, phony documentary about the Merry Pranksters bus tour and Ken Kesey and the '60s that I realized I am 100% finished with pretending to care about hippie culture. It's fifty years now of navel-gazing self-congratulatory self-mythologizing nonsense, and it has to stop. Boomers have to get over something that happened to them a half-century ago, and there is no need for anyone to ever cut another crappy montage of half-naked flower children painting each other and smoking joints cut to a Canned Heat tune. This is empty cliche after empty cliche, and proof that Gibney is just cranking out docs as product these days instead of digging deep on subjects that really merit the attention.
- Drew McWeeny