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Cocaine Bear

A bear takes cocaine. This is not good. No one needs a bear on cocaine. The premise may be silly but the film is fairly entertaining.


Very loosely based on a real event, a black bear eats one of diverse cocaine blocks that smugglers drop over a forest. The real bear was found dead months later without any proof of it attacking anyone. The film bear “Cokey,“ on the other hand, starts with a tourist couple before gamekeepers and medics are eaten by the bear‘s the white dusted snout. Child DeeDee survives her first encounter, but is abducted by the bear and her mother Sari (Keri Russell) records the pursuit. At the same time, gangsters, under the leadership of boss Syd (Ray Liotta, in one of his last roles), tries to save as much of the lost product, with no regard for the health of the bear or the people.

COCAINE BEAR is a perfect example of what you could call a “high concept film:“ everything you need to know about the plot is already in the name: bears are dangerous. People on cocaine are aggressive. So a cocaine addicted bear is especially dangerous and an ideal film monster. The film doesn‘t have great ambitions when it comes to plot or plausibility, and the splatter effects won‘t ruin anyone‘s popcorn cravings. The situations are creative, the dialogue is amusing, and the characters have special idiosyncrasies, so though there aren‘t any big surprises, there are many small ones and it‘s never boring. The typically colorful 1980s nostalgia setting supports the artificiality of everything and ensures that COCAINE BEAR offers amusing popcorn entertainment.


Translation: Elinor Lewy


USA 2023, 95 min
Genre: Thriller, Tierfilm, Black Comedy
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Author: Jimmy Warden
DOP: John Guleserian
Montage: Joel Negron
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Cast: Ray Liotta, Keri Russell, Alden Ehrenreich, Margo Martindale, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Release: 13.04.2023



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