Beerfest

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Product Overview

Two brothers travel to germany for oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries old competition described as a 'fight club' with beer games.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 203249886
UPC 085391102076
UPC 14 00085391102076
Format DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Family Interaction
Germany
Slapstick
Theatrical Release
Vacations
Editors Note
Note With a title that insures against accusations of false advertising, BEERFEST is a raunchy and genial amalgamation of ANIMAL HOUSE, STRANGE BREW, FIGHT CLUB, and every clichéd sports film ever made. Written by and starring comedy troupe Broken Lizard (SUPER TROOPERS, CLUB DREAD) and directed by Lizard member Jay Chandrasekhar, the film is unapologetically sophomoric, never missing a chance for a belch, flatulence, bared breasts, or Cloris Leachman doing lewd things with a sausage. After the death of their bar-owning German grandfather (Donald Sutherland), Jan (Paul Soter) and Todd (Erik Stolhanske) Wolfhouse must travel to Munich to scatter his ashes. Fortunately for them, it's Oktoberfest, but the brothers aren't there very long before they embarrass themselves at a public celebration and find themselves at Beerfest, an annual international underground beer-guzzling competition. When they compete, they are disgraced by their German cousins, the Von Wolfhausens--headed by father Jurgen Prochnow--who claim that the Wolfhouses' late grandfather stole a beer recipe from them many years before. Jan and Todd return home to train for next year's competition, incorporating into their team a few old college pals--male prostitute Barry (Chandrasekhar), burly Landfill (Kevin Heffernan), and science nerd Fink (Steve Lemme). ^For BEERFEST to work, it's imperative that viewers find humor in exaggerated German accents. Cloris Leachman appears to be enjoying throwing all comic caution to the wind, and Prochnow gets to lampoon DAS BOOT in a funny sequence. Big, sloppy, and ridiculous--compliments in this case--all apply to the third Broken Lizard feature, which is sure to burp its way into every fraternity house film library until the world ends.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "It's R-rated puerility for actual immature grown-ups....Bet on this: These guys did their own stunts." -- Grade: B 09/01/2006 p.54
Directors
Jay Chandrasekhar
Actors
Paul Soter
Erik Stolhanske
Cast & Crew
Bill Gerber, et. al. - Producer
Erik Stolhanske - Actor
Frank G. DeMarco - Cinematographer
Jay Chandrasekhar - Director
Jay Chandrasekhar - Actor
Kevin Heffernan - Actor
Kevin Heffernan, et. al. - Writer
Lee Haxall - Editor
Nathan Barr - Original Music By
Paul Soter - Actor
Steve Lemme - Actor
Bill Gerber - Producer
Cloris Leachman - Actor
David Baca - Art Director
Jay Chandrasekhar, et. al. - Writer
Mo'Nique - Actor
Scott Mednick - Executive Producer
Will Forte - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 110207
UPC 00085391102076
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 116 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review There's roughly a pint of quality comedy rattling around in this keg-sized movie, which fills out the rest of its time by being so cheerfully stupid that those with brains muddled by a few beers or worse (almost a prerequisite) probably won't notice all the foam. The Broken Lizard comedy troupe enjoyed considerable DVD success with "Super Troopers," and its latest should find similar vitality in that format after this late-summer theatrical pit stop. Indeed, some scenes and the closing outtakes already feel like little more than a tease for the unrated DVD extras sure to come.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Beerfest begins with a disclaimer warning the viewer not to try this it at home, because you'll die. They have a point. To ape the behavior of the characters, or even build a drinking game behind this maddeningly uneven, occasionally uproarious, suds-soaked comedy aimed straight at the frat boy set, is to invite mortal peril, or at least a ridiculously bad hangover...With its high alcohol content, sexcapades, crude humor, and penchant for topless women, Beerfest is an acquired taste that's a little bit like your basic American lager. That is, the comedy is the equivalent of empty calories. But, while there are comic brews with better taste, it does go down easily enough.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review It's not nearly as funny as Super Troopers, but it's not nearly as atrocious as the laugh-empty Club Dread. In this dead season of laughs, that makes Beerfest almost a rousing success...Outside of the five men's struggle to make America a boozy champion, the movie's attempts to get laughs fail. Cloris Leachman plays her 800th crazy lady; the German team is portrayed as a pack of braying efficiency experts; and peeing jokes peaked with Leslie Nielsen's marathon whiz in The Naked Gun. Ultimately, Beerfest provides us with enough laughs to keep us entertained. Consider that an endorsement or a sign to wait for Judd Apatow's next movie.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Pete Croatto
ReviewRating 7
Features
Unrated, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ken Fox, TV Guide Funnier than you might imagine.
M. E. Russell, Portland Oregonian ...Broken Lizard keeps it interesting by refusing to color inside the lines...
Rob Thomas, Capital Times ...big laughs...
Pete Hammond, Maxim Blissfully over the top in every way.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club Random silliness rules the day, but the gags are frequently surprising.

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