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Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske
Paul Soter, Jay Chandrasekhar, Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Cloris Leachman, Mo'Nique, Eric Christian Olsen, Will Forte, Ryan Blanchard
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Fantasy for the Anheuser-Busch Crowd
Favorite Movie Quote: "Das Boot!"
Beerfest, the Jay Chandrasekhar-directed comedy, is the rare movie where he triple-threat of writer-director-and-actor actually works. With the only other Chandrasekhar feature I had seen previously was the dreadful SUPER TROOPERS, which I now realize is an acquired taste, I was a bit cautious about paying money to see this, but the lure of a movie with "Beer" in the title was too much to resist.
Luckily, Jay redeems himself in what I call a beer-drinkers fantasy movie. The story is pretty straightforward: two brothers (Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske), on a trip to Oktoberfest in Germany come across an underground, international beer-drinking contest (think BLOODSPORT for beer drinkers). After being totally humilated by losing miserably to the Germans, the brothers vow to return next year to avenge their dishonor. This dishonor is doubled because the family brewery was stolen from the brothers by the other side of the family who accused their grandmother (played completely straight and with absolutely no shame whatsoever by Cloris Leachman) of seducing their grandfather (Donald Sutherland, in an uncredited cameo) and stealing the family secret beer recipe.
So the next year is spent "training," which basically consists of drinking non-stop for the entire year. At the end of the year, they win (did ANYONE really think that was a spoiler? The movie is a comedy and a freaking fantasy. Think the "surprise" ending of every ROCKY movie!). The movie chugs along at an even pace. the "story" such as it was, was sprinkled with college beer drinking games that I had never heard of, and beer drinking games that were obviously made up for the movie. Surprisingly, there was very little grossness for a comedy of this level. They could have resorted to the obligatory vomit scene, but surprisingly, no.
Scenes of note: during a major college blowout - mind you, none of the main characters are of college age, nor do they pretend to be, but they manage to crash a major college bender party without anyone so much as giving it a second thought - probably part of the "fantasy" part of the movie. but I digress. During a major college blowout, Barry (Chandrasekhar ), in a drunken stupor, sees himself as a suave, cool, "together" kind of life of the party. The the scene switches, and you see what was really happening - Barry, in a powder blue tuxedo, a paper bag on his head with obscenities written on it, the party laughing-stock, who ends up with Mo'Nique of PHAT GIRLZ fame, whom he "sees" as a mega-hot sista that would make Halle Berry look like a skank. It is the scene of the movie and worth the price of a rental. There is another scene involving a character named Landfill (Kevin Heffernan, another Chandrasekhar regular), that is a funny twist to the story that I'll leave out so's not to spoil one of the few surprises in the movie.
It's a dumb movie. You have to be in a certain frame of mind to enjoy, let alone watch this movie. On my new rating scale of with 5 being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and 0 being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie rates a "3." I've seen worse, I've seen less funny movies of this genre. It's a harmless little movie, not too offensive, not too dumb. If you've ever been to college, planing to go to college, or just like the thrill of Competition Beer Drinking, then grab your Michelob, grab a seat, and just put your brain on hold for the next 110 minutes.
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