An easily avoidable visual stain based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel about a psychotropic road trip across Nevada, in which Thompson's alter ego, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his drug-addled attorney, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), travel massively DUI to Las Vegas in a Cadillac Eldorado convertible to cover a motorcycle race for an unnamed magazine. Are we amused yet? But just wait, because they get even more stoned- lots more- and behave really bizarrely; won’t that be entertaining? Fans and students of the 1960's counter-culture might enjoy this movie, although I doubt it. This one is really for undiscriminating Gilliam fans (I think there might be treatment available for that). With a strong emphasis on taking LD50-level doses of a large variety of psychedelics and intoxicants- and little else except vomiting and vandalism- this movie drags on like an uncontrollably ugly opium dream, adulterated by poorly manufactured designer acid. Depp plays an extremely unattractive, psychotically narcissistic and paranoid Thompson without any comedic presence whatsoever (as apposed to that of Bill Murray's portrayal of Thompson in “Where the Buffalo Roam”). This movie is not funny, witty, charming or in the least bit enjoyable. Any sane, decent human being will find this movie repellent. You may additionally experience chills, diarrhea, incontinence, nausea or vomiting, difficulty with swallowing, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, or tongue. Some viewers may experience an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.

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