Parents' Guide to

Strange Brew

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic '80s send-up of Canada; lots of beer drinking.

Movie PG 1983 90 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Family friendly fun

Beautiful masterpiece of a movie. I played this for my children including a 6 month old and now they drink Elsinore beer and speak fluent Canadian. Good clean fun for the whole family, and the McKenzie brothers are good role models for adolescents. Must watch, especially if Canadian. Save the Hosers!

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There's a deceptive brilliance to this goofy movie. Sure, there's plenty of slapstick humor, memorable catchphrases such as "Take off, hoser!" and "Beauty, eh?" and jokes involving flatulence and urination, but it's also loosely based on Hamlet. And the bad guy in the midst of all this silliness is Max von Sydow -- best known for playing extremely solemn characters in Ingmar Bergman films. The lead characters themselves, Bob and Doug McKenzie, were created as a deliberate mockery of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's demand for more "Canadian content" on SCTV (a must-watch for all students of comedy, sketch comedy writers, and improv enthusiasts). Because of this sense of obvious parody and satire, to say nothing of the undeniable fact that Bob and Doug are also endearingly lovable losers, it's an extremely rare instance of stereotyping that's actually funny.

For many children of the 1980s, the jokes and one-liners in Strange Brew are as memorable as anything in Caddyshack and This is Spinal Tap. Strange Brew might not be for everybody in much the same way The Three Stooges aren't for everybody, but these toque-wearing beer-obsessed "hosers" definitely still have a place among other bumbling comedy duos of the 20th century.

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