BEERFEST (2006) 

Paul Soter
Erik Stolhanske
Cloris Leachman
Jurgen Prochnow
Jay Chandrasekhar
Kevin Heffernan
Steve Lemme
Cameron Scher

Jay Chandrasekhar



Time: 110 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy

SYNOPSIS: Two brothers travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a "Fight Club" with beer games, where they are humiliated. To regain their honor, they form their own beer-drinking team and train for a year in order to win the title.

BOTTOM LINE: While overall BEERFEST is a film that makes ANIMAL HOUSE play like Shakespeare, it surprised me by being able to not only sustain a fairly decent story, but make me laugh out loud as well. Granted my expectations were non-existent since I'm generally not a fan of lowbrow humor.

However, sometimes it takes clever people to be so stupid and the men of Broken Lizard certainly go all out when it comes to laughter. They have no shame, aren't afraid to humiliate themselves and clearly enjoy each other's company, which creates an atmosphere of raucous exuberance that's hard to deny.

The casting of both Leachman and Prochnow is a big coup for the film, giving it some much needed class. The things they have her do bring about some of the best laughs and prove what a great dame she is. This film is far from brilliant, yet it accomplishes it's goal – to be crude, rude and a whole lot of fun, especially if you're into films about alcoholic overindulgence.

Those who have never attended a raging kegger, drunk beer from a boot or know how to play "thumper" may find the humor lost in translation. For those of us who have experienced both the good and evil sides of heavy drinking, it's easy to relate to their quest for beer-drinking dominance.

Since they wrote the movie it's pretty clear who's going to win, but the road to the final competition is filled with enough intrigue and drunkeness to keep the flick from sucking outright. Not a film for the easily offended.

"I always sleep better with a little sausage in me."

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