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There's always been a lot of tripping in movies, and man, is it hilarious. People trip all the time. Why, just the other day, I had dropped my backpack on the floor of my apartment right when I walked in, and as I circled back around really quickly I ended up stepping right into ...
Oh. OHHH. That type of tripping. The one with hallucinogenic drugs. Okay, got it. Yeah, that type of tripping is funny, too. And hey, that's in a bunch of movies as well! Like, say, this week's "This is the End." Or so we hear.
We've counted down for you the Top 15 "tripping" scenes in movies, ranked in order of ... trippiest? We guess?
15. 'Batman Begins' (2005)
The tripping scenes in "Batman Begins" are underrated to the degree that a) they're not done for fun — quite the opposite, in fact — and b) they're kind of an afterthought in the overall arch of the story. But we forget that before we even see Cillian Murphy's Dr. Jonathan Crane unleash his hallucinatory gas on various unsuspecting crime fighters, Liam Neeson (as Ra's Al-Ghul) makes Christian Bale breathe in that trippy-ish gas substance at the lodge where he's training Bale to beat the f**k out of people, to have him "face his fears." Sure, Liam. Also of note: The above clip, wherein Batman finally sprays Crane's hallucinatory gas back at him and becomes a darker, more vicious version of himself through Crane's eyes, would for some reason serve as the model for Bale's Batman voice in the second and third movies of the trilogy.
14. 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief' (2010)
Here's Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson in the first "Percy Jackson" film pretty much showcasing your standard "character eats a bunch of mushrooms with his friends for the first time" movie scene, complete with super-slow-motion and bright colors and wide eyes, etc., almost like director Chris Columbus read a "Filming a Fake Mushroom Scene for Dummies" book the night before this was shot. Except Percy and his pals aren't on mushrooms — they're under a spell because Percy is actually a demigod and not an awkward teenage human or something ... but hey, it sure looks like they're on mushrooms, doesn't it?
13. 'Training Day' (2001)
Denzel Washington brought home his first Best Actor Oscar for "Training Day," and it's easy to see why in this scene where he makes partner Ethan Hawke smoke a whole bunch of PCP in the middle of a Los Angeles intersection. You can picture the old white members of the Academy getting together and saying some version of, "Jeez, I probably would'vesmoked that PCP in that situation, too," as they carefully sharpied "Denzel Washington" on the golden eunuch-adorned envelope. Props go to Hawke as well for delivering an A+ "Hey and by the way I just did an absolute balls-load of drugs" face. Ethan Hawke is underrated, right? Don't answer that, because "Yes."
12. 'Flashback' (1990)
I'm not saying that we here at NextMovie endorse the consumption of illegal hallucinogenic narcotics ... but if you had to do it, and you had the choice of two people to do it with, you kind of can't do better than 1990 Kiefer Sutherland and 1990 Dennis Hopper, right? Talk about contrasting styles! (Which I assume was the idea behind the casting choices of the movie. Good going, "Flashback" producers.) Having said that, I can't look at Kiefer Sutherland during this period of his career without thinking of "A Few Good Men." I kept watching the embedded scene waiting for him to look at the camera sternly and saying something like, "Private Santiago was ordered not to be touched ... mannnnn."
11. 'Eurotrip' (2004)
I continue to maintain that "Eurotrip" is the most underrated teen absurdist comedy of the absurdly-prolific "teen absurdist comedy" stretch from 1995-2005 — yes, mainly because of "Scotty Doesn't Know," but also in its consistent offensiveness and re-watchability. Oh, and the chick that plays Mieke is super hot. Embedded above is the fallout from the gang's decision to up and drink a bunch of absinthe (a drink so alcoholic it makes you hallucinate): two twins making with each other in the middle of a German dance floor. It's cool, though, because one of them is Michelle Trachtenberg and she probably deserves it.
10. 'Knocked Up' (2007)
The frequent criticism of the tripping scene in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" (meaning, the criticism that I have personally had in my mind ever since I first watched the scene) is that it kind of feels like everyone involved — Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Apatow, the people in Cirque du Soleil — is trying a little too hard. But then you watch the scene for the 38,375th time and realize, "Man, if I took shrooms and immediately got tickets to Cirque du Soleil even though they're hundreds of dollars and reserved for months in advance but this is a movie so shut up Nick who cares, this is exactly how I would react to the show as well" — meaning, a sense of awe slowly transforming into "Well, I've got to get out of here, and pronto." So you win this round, Apatow. But not "This is 40." That was a loss.
9. 'Super Troopers' (2001)
Though "Super Troopers" sadly (and unjustifiably) didn't take home any golden eunuchs from the 2002 Academy Awards, it at least lived on in the hearts and minds of people everywhere who liked laughing at helpless dudes being f**ked with when they're high by law enforcement officers. Embedded above we have the opening scene of the film, wherein Christina Hendricks' husband (YES, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS' HUSBAND, I KNOW) is forced to eat a bunch of weed and mushrooms when the bad-intentioned cops pull him and his buddies over. Hilarity ensues, the shnozberries taste like shnozberries, etc. etc.
8. 'Altered States' (1980)
One thing we can confidently say about William that might not, ahem, Hurt his feelings (God, I'm so sorry, why, why?) is that the man has never been afraid to take any on any role. You're just not going to typecast Bill Hurt. Enter his very first film role as a Harvard scientist who just keeps blowing his own mind with hallucinogenic drugs until he literally can't stop doing it. And other than "Altered States 2: Back in the Saddle" and "Altered States 3: Sorry About Altered States 2,"* he of course was never pigeon-holed as your standard scientist/LSD addict character in your every-day Cusackian romcoms (thank goodness). See if you can get through :45 seconds of the embedded scene above without wanting to throw your computer out your window from the scene's background noise.
*These movies don't exist.
7. 'Old School' (2003)
Aha, a curveball! A Seann William Scott-endorsed curveball, friends, in the form of the "You got a f**king dart in your neck" scene from "Old School." Though it's not just a straight LSD or acid trip, it may as well be — and besides, who the hell knows what they put in those tranquilizer guns from Mexico, anyway ... for all we know, it's LSD. Will Ferrell takes down a few kids, falls into a pool and (kind of sadly, actually) dreams about his fallen friend Blue singing "Dust in the Wind" to him and his ex-wife on a beach. Actually now that I write that out, it's actually really sad. Damn it, "Old School." Let's move on.
6. '21 Jump Street' (2012)
Having (SPOILER!) never actually done shrooms or acid myself, if the experience is anything like what Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have to deal with in "21 Jump Street" ... I just don't see the appeal. For one, Rob Riggle's face is already a chocolate ice cream cone to me — I'll lick the side of his face whenever I possibly can, so that's out the window. But if everyone's head just changes into random, horrifying shapes when you're trying to talk to them, I just don't think that's anything I would willingly wish to experience. Props to the uploader of this video, by the way, for calling it "21 Jump Street (2012) — Tripping Major Balls." How very unsubtle.
5. 'A Scanner Darkly' (2006)
Actually, scratch that whole previous paragraph; it's the above scene from Richard Linklater's (and Philip K. Dick's) "A Scanner Darkly" that will make me never do any type of mushroom or acid. And, yes, it's unlikely that a green dude with a thousand blinking eyes will emerge from nowhere and read all of my sins to me from a scroll as soon as I partake, but on the other hand, it's acid — I'm supposed to assume that something's not going to happen? That's a bad idea. By the way, is Richard Linklater the most versatile director of all time? The "Before" movies, oh and also "School of Rock," oh and also "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly." We get it, Rich. You're talented. God.
4. 'Trainspotting' (1996)
The top comment on the above video is the following: "Drugs are bad, m'kay?" And, yeah — when they induce visions of a sinister baby crawling on the ceiling of your bedroom, drugs are indeed bad, m'kay? Even if you're Ewan McGregor. Maybe even especially if you're Ewan McGregor. As an aside, I've been trying to figure out who that baby looks like, and I've decided it's the kid from "The Big Green" and "The Sandlot" if he shaved his head and then overslept after a long night of drinking. IMDb tells me his name is "Patrick Renna." Feel free to disagree, but, you know, you're wrong.
3. 'Taking Woodstock' (2009)
After watching a bunch of LSD videos from movies featuring exploding shark heads and talking ice cream cones and Gilbert Gottfried emerging out of a watermelon from a volcano, the LSD scene from "Taking Woodstock" is refreshing in its simplicity. It's pretty much just Demetri Martin and Paul Dano touching each other and pointing at things. Speaking of Demetri — he kind of kills this role, right? I mean I guess it's not so absurd for an intentionally droll, one-liner comic to play a hippie that trips out at Woodstock, but still, it was ballsy of director Ang Lee to cast Martin at the time, and all things considered, it worked out for him. Ang Lee rules. Let's be friends, Ang.
2. 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' (1998)
Though I am personally preferential to the Bill Murray version of Hunter S. Thompson in 1980's "Where the Buffalo Roam" — not necessarily because the movie was better, but because Bill Murray is better than everyone alive, including you, me, the Pope, everyone you've ever loved, etc. — Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" with Johnny Depp 18 years later absolutely kills the scenes in which Depp (as Thompson, sorta) hits Vegas after taking a whoooollle bunch of hallucinogens. So, pretty much the entire film. And credit to Depp where it's due, even though he isn't Murray — he carries the movie, even if the costume designer for some reason decided to dress him as Jeremy Piven.
1. 'The Big Lebowski' (1998)
The prospect of describing the plot of "The Big Lebowski" to those who haven't seen the movie has always been somewhat difficult, but the next time you have to do that, start off with something like, "It's been 15 years — please just see the f**king movie," but then send them the link to the above video, which features the hallucination that The Dude has after being drugged by Jackie Treehorn. If they watch this scene and don't immediately want to watch the movie, then you've done all you can, and the next step is to seriously reassess those with whom you choose to spend your free time.