Beerfest

 
Beer and burps; only for Broken Lizard fans.
  • Review Date: December 4, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Fierce beer-drinking competitions, topless girls, murder, and a broken marriage -- all contributing to the goal of abject drunkenness. Some jokes about Finklestein's Jewishness, and a mention of Barry's Indian background (connected to a "cowboy").

Violence

The film opens with a suicide; frequent slapstick/drunken violence (including competitors slapping and hitting each other); crowd chaos (running and falling); off-screen shootings; following a drinking bout, Barry appears naked and bloody next to a dead deer whose neck he has apparently ripped open (a reference to werewolf movies); murder by drowning in a beer vat.

Sex

Frequent sexual slang and shots of topless girls, as well as one shot of a man's naked bottom; Barry works as a street prostitute (charging money to "touch it," etc.) alongside a squeaky "gay" prostitute); fantasy and flashback sequences show Barry having raunchy sex; another lively sex scene in a barn; frequently expressed concern that Great Gam Gam is a whore; lab workers stimulate frogs to extract sperm (workers' heads bob, the ejaculate is green); simulated sex with a puppet; references to "BJs" and "HJs" Great Gam Gam "warms up" a sausage in a sexual way.

Language

Multiple f-words; frequent slang for sexual activity/genitals ("bugger," "boink," "tossers and sheep-shaggers," "pork," etc.); frequent uses of other crude language ("hell," "s--t," "ass," "bitch").

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beer and more beer (plus some other liquor and ram's urine-drinking); Finklestein smokes pot (and pot smoking pops up again later); cigars and cigarettes are smoked.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intentionally stupid, vulgar comedy features incessant beer drinking. Characters are frequently drunk, hung over, throwing up, burping, and peeing in public urinals. Most scenes are set in bars, at parties, or at drinking competitions. Several scenes feature topless women and/or women engaged in sexual activity with lusty or drunken men. Crude humor and language are featured throughout the film, including verbal and visual references to sex/ejaculation, prostitution, Jewishness, obesity, masturbation, flatulence, funerals, social expectations, and boundaries. Characters also smoke cigarettes, cigars, and pot.

What's the story?

Purposefully vulgar, ridiculous, and repetitive, BEERFEST is, predictably, all about beer-drinking. The minimal plot focuses on brothers Todd (Erik Stolhanske) and Jan Wolfhouse (Paul Soter), who go to Germany to scatter their father's (Donald Sutherland) ashes in his beloved homeland. In Munich, the German branch of the family, the Wolfhausens, accuse their American relatives of stealing a precious beer recipe and retaliate by abusing and humiliating the Wolfhouses at Beerfest. Determined to restore their good name, Todd and Jan assemble of team of former drinking buddies to best their German counterparts. The crew includes Todd and Jan's disturbingly oversexed Great Gam Gam (Cloris Leachman).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Mostly, Beerfest consists of training montages (drinking), boy bonding montages (more drinking), and occasional references to other movies (Wolf, Das Boot, Witness for the Prosecution, any film that includes recruiting an elite squad). As it goes about broadly satirizing sports movie cliches, the movie also provides bouts of drama: All of the guys end up having some kind of personal trauma to deal with or get over.

Beerfest delivers exactly what you might expect from the five-member Broken Lizard sketch comedy team (Super Troopers, Club Dread): scatological, gross-out sex and jokes; physical hi-jinks, and endless yukking it up over drinking and drunkenness. Fans of the group will appreciate the obnoxiousness, but all the audacity is less "transgressive" of social norms than conventional.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stupid comedies. What's the appeal? Who's the intended audience? How do these types of movies represent women? Is there any part of this movie that's meant to be taken seriously? What messages does it send about drinking and sex?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 25, 2006
DVD release date:December 5, 2006
Cast:Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Heffernan, Paul Soter
Director:Jay Chandrasekhar
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive crude and sexual content, language, nudity, and substance abuse.

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Written byAnonymous November 29, 2014
age 16+
 

Bad behavior and alcoholics only for adults

My rating:R for crude sexual content,language,nudity and drug use throughout
Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 August 24, 2009
age 16+
 

MAN this movie is stupid!

I got the TV-edited version, but still the language was relentless, it practically worshiped beer and had side effects that were reviewed as comical! But all aside, I'm a sucker for dumb comedies, and this gives you a good chuckle at the pure stupidity of it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byCanadianMan April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Effing Amazing

Movie Is Sweet Go Watch it.
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

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