Beerfest

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Beer and burps; only for Broken Lizard fans.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 110 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCanadianMan April 9, 2008

Effing Amazing

Movie Is Sweet Go Watch it.
Parent Written byPlague December 10, 2009

Beerfest

Funny movie, crude humor but worth the watch. I dont think there is really anything wrong with the movie. I mean the name itself should be a sign for parents to... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 August 24, 2009

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 as... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

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?

Beerfest delivers exactly what you might expect from the five-member Broken Lizard sketch comedy team (Super Troopers, Club Dread). You've got the 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.

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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