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"Completely, Totally Unrated."
|Two brothers travel to germany for oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries old competition described as a 'fight club' with beer games.|
"...Broken Lizard keeps it interesting by refusing to color inside the lines... M. E. Russell, Portland Oregonian
"...big laughs... Rob Thomas, Capital Times
"Blissfully over the top in every way. Pete Hammond, Maxim
"Random silliness rules the day, but the gags are frequently surprising. Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club
Editor's NoteWith 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.
Beerfest - DVD
By: Pete Croatto filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/24/2006 7:28 PM
|Has there been one laugh-out-loud comedy, with the exception of Ricky Bobby, this summer? The excellent Little Miss Sunshine was more of a drama, though Abigail Breslin’s pageant finale was hilarious. The Break-Up, with its force feeding of wacky characters, was terrible. Scoop felt too much like a compilation of Woody Allen’s not-so greatest hits. Clerks II had its moments, but it lacked the spontaneity and rawness that made the first one so great. Poseidon was funny for all the wrong reasons....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Bill Gerber, et. al. - Producer|
|Frank G. DeMarco - Cinematographer|
|Jay Chandrasekhar - Director|
|Kevin Heffernan, et. al. - Writer|
|Lee Haxall - Editor|
|Nathan Barr - Original Music By|
|Bill Gerber - Producer|
|David Baca - Art Director|
|Jay Chandrasekhar, et. al. - Writer|
|Scott Mednick - Executive Producer|