Spirit Quest is the directorial debut of Brent Lydic, who grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Colorado State University. Co-written and starring Lydic and Tip Scarry, Spirit Quest is both a send-up of drug-laden spiritual journey narratives and a heartfelt exploration of two friends trying to go through something significant and come out the other side whole. The script moves fluidly from stoner comedy to a buddy picture, with plenty of comedic diversions (one to the 16th century with two bickering Franciscan friars, the other to the 1970s with two Vietnam vets falling for the same woman). Though you’d be hard-pressed to explain exactly how the vignettes piece together other than drugs plus desert, work they do, and Lydic and Scarry are entertaining enough to carry you through. Spirit Quest is a lot of fun, but it’s the nighttime bike ride through the streets of Los Angeles that’ll stay with you. Available on TubiTV.

The above blurb first appeared in the pages of Boulder Weekly Vol. 29, No. 20, “Movies galore.”