While “Cocaine Bear” is clearly a layered film, its director says it can still be enjoyed as a simple, goofy distraction if viewers are looking for it. “Cocaine Bear is super entertaining,” Elizabeth Banks told Total Film. “If you want to let go of everything in your life for 95 minutes, this is a great way to do it. It’s an incredible adventure.” While she stresses that the film has some “really beautiful messages,” the absurdity of the title still seems to be the main attraction.
Of course, the two do not have to be mutually exclusive. Many recent comedy series such as Fleabag and PEN15 have garnered widespread acclaim for blending ridiculous circumstances with intelligent and powerful writing. If it all comes together in Cocaine Bear, it could be a film in the same tradition. Or at least, as Banks told Total Film, “If the audience wants to see a movie called ‘Cocaine Bear,’ I’ve delivered a movie that lives up to the title.”