By Owen Gleiberman
Updated August 02, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Magic Trip

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  • Movie
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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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Magic Trip

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  • Movie
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mpaa
  • R
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  • 107 minutes

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