In the new romantic comedy Wanderlust, actress Jennifer Aniston drinks ayahuasca for the first time. In an article first published on The Huffington Post, co-founder of Evolver and Reality Sandwich, Jonathan Talet Phillips casts his view on the increase in popularity of the Amazonian brew. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
In “Wanderlust,” members of the intentional community don’t follow any dietary restrictions; there is no trustworthy shaman or guide (just Seth with his dubious motives), no singing, no healings and, probably worst of all, no set container for participants to find support when difficulties arise. This is, by far, the sloppiest group ayahuasca ceremony I’ve ever heard of.
In record timing (just a few minutes), the ayahuasca kicks in for Aniston (ayahuasca usually takes between 30-45 minutes). She embarks on a chaotic trip full of flashy, confusing images. In one quick-edit sequence, she is suddenly perched on top of a tree, singing R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” I soon realize the filmmakers are treating ayahuasca like the stereotypical acid trip.
Read the full article here.