Beerfest is the latest comedy from Jay Chandrasekhar and the Broken Lizard comedy "club", who are the people behind such classics as Club Dread and Super Troopers. Please note my sarcasm. While some people absolutely love Super Troopers, I find all of their films to be only remotely funny, and hardly worth much recognition.
Oh, and Chandrasekhar also directed The Dukes of Hazzard. Watch out!
Beerfest follows a group of male friends who love to drink, probably due to the fact that two of the men, brothers, grew up under the instruction of their German grandpa (played by a funny Donald Sutherland). After he dies, they travel to Germany to participate in Oktoberfest and spread their father's ashes in a ceremonial place - only to end up ruining the ceremony, disgracing their father's heritage and getting kicked out. The two brothers vow revenge by assembling a team that can go up against the fearsome German team in a beer-drinking contest called "Beerfest".
Beerfest is a perfect college-aged comedy - unfortunately, I'm no longer in college. It's funny, at times, and offers a few memorable scenes, none of which I can remember right now. While Chandrasekhar and "his" crew are good at throwing in funny, random moments, they are not as good at creating consistently funny movies that work from beginning to end. The movie struggles at times, but it's only real problem is that it is just too long. At 110 minutes, it is a normal length film, but for a movie about beer drinking, it should have been 90 minutes. Some less comical segments could have been removed entirely to tighten up the pacing.
Aside from pacing and length issues, Beerfest is a decent movie. It picks up in the last half hour, which is good, and has enough laughs throughout to keep you entertained. It of course would be funnier if you were drunk through most of the movie, which is perhaps how the team meant for it to be watched. That would make sense, but I don't have enough interest in the movie to watch it again, sober or not.
For people who like stupid comedies, especially stupid comedies involving beer and naked boobies, Beerfest is right up your alley. Fans of Super Troopers and Club Dread (oh yeah, there are no fans of Club Dread) will probably like this one. For the rest of us, it isn't a waste of time, but it isn't the funniest ship in the sea... wait, that doesn't make any sense.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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