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Beerfest (2006)



Critic Consensus: Beerfest features some laugh-inducing gags, but is too long and the pacing too uneven to form a coherent, functioning comedy.

Movie Info

When American brothers Todd and Jan Wolfhouse travel to Germany to spread their grandfather's ashes at Oktoberfest, they stumble upon a super-secret, centuries old, underground beer games competition -- "Beerfest," the secret Olympics of beer drinking. The brothers receive a less than warm welcome from their German cousins, the Von Wolfhausens, who humiliate Todd and Jan, slander their relatives, and finally cast them out of the event. Vowing to return in a year to defend their country and their family's honor, the Wolfhouse boys assemble a ragtag dream team of beer drinkers and gamers: Barry Badrinath, the consummate skills player with a dark past; Phil Krundle (aka Landfill), a one-man chugging machine; and Charlie "Fink" Finklestein, the lab tech with a PhD in All Things Beer. This Magnificent Five train relentlessly, using their hearts, minds and livers to drink faster, smarter and harder than they ever have before. But first they must battle their own demons, as well as a bunch of big, blond, German jerks who want to destroy the team before they can even make it back to Munich.more
Rating: R (for pervasive crude and sexual content, language, nudity and substance abuse)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2006
Box Office: $19.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Paul Soter
as Jan Wolfhouse
Erik Stolhanske
as Todd Wolfhouse
Ralf Moeller
as Hammacher
as Cherry
Cloris Leachman
as Great Gam Gam
Allan Graf
as Soup Waiter
Chris Moss
as German Producer
Bjorn Johnson
as Mr. Schniedelwichsen
Owain Yeoman
as Aussie Sailor
Pab Schwendimann
as Door Bouncer
Tom Tate
as Aussie Sailor
Aaron Hendry
as Pim Scutney
Michael Yurchak
as Rog Gobshire
Collin Thornton
as Little Boy
Blanchard Ryan
as Krista Krundle
Sarah Figoten
as Young Gam Gam
Marc Mouchet
as Karl Schumacher
Robert Douglas
as Viking Master
Richard Perello
as Bartender Percy McBu...
Isaac Kappy
as Hustler
Robert Washington
as Viking Master
Leanna Kristen
as Little Tough Chick
Megan Robinson
as Giddy Girl
Arron Shiver
as Strike Out Kid
Justin Ocksrider
as Camera Phone Kid
Amber Hay
as "Cops" Girl
Galen Hutchison
as Wiseass Partygoer
Anna Lane Tatum
as Dancing Girl
Brittney Higgins
as Todd's Wife
James Grace
as Canadian
Tom Carver
as Canadian
Ben Zeller
as Spectator
Ivan Brutsche
as Spectator
Sabrina Javor
as Rog's Girl
Rohit Sang
as Raj Kuma
Gary Kanin
as Old Vet
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News & Interviews for Beerfest

Critic Reviews for Beerfest

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (32)

Beerfest is a film that appears to have been conceived on the back of a beermat and its trashy direction, nonexistent plot and dismal comic mugging would seem to suggest that preparations progressed no further.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The bloated running time (110 minutes!) certainly doesn't do the film any favors...

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

The Broken Lizard crew amuse each other with enough banal antics (can anything else account for this film running nearly two hours?) that the sober viewer suffers enormous gaps of boredom between good jokes.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Five pounds of (funny) stuff in a 12-pound bag.

Full Review… | January 23, 2007
DVD Clinic

...aggressively, rampantly, jaw-droppingly dull.

Full Review… | December 2, 2006
Movie Metropolis

Broad strokes comedy in which fat characters are hot dog eating champions and Germans are a beer-chugging cross between Captain von Trapp, Hitler and Heidi

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Beerfest


Yeah it's stupid, and that's why I liked it. Any movie where actor Jurgen Prochnow tells a Das Boot in-joke is alright by me. The title of this film alone tells you exactly the kind of film it's going to be. Beerfest will be about a team of ordinary people practicing and preparing for the ultimate drinking competition. Audiences will be subjected to lots of drinking and lots of games. Some may prefer to be actually doing these things instead of watching characters do them, but Beerfest has a lot of fun with its concept. Anyone who has ever had a crazy binge story can relate to this ridiculously over the top yet hilariously charming film.
Also keep in mind that this was written by Broken Lizard, the team responsible for Super Troopers and Club Dread. Both of those previous movies were incredibly dumb but someone help you if you didn't find them funny. Beerfest is right in the same league.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer



In recent years we've seen dozens of low brow comedies, back in the 90's when they were first arriving into mainstream taste many of them were surprising, shocking but also quite funny. Beerfest makes a fair attempt at achieving this, but from the opening unfolds as an annoying, pointless attempt at lowest common denominator crude humour caught on camera. In fact worse than knowingly low brow, because it actually thinks that it's smart. Honestly explaining the flaws of this film is even easier than the task of watching it the actors have the worst comedic timing imaginable. I ended up begging for something funny to happen. I mean if a film wants to be shamelessly upfront about how witlessly simple minded it is the jokes need to be hilarious and somehow realistic but the plot of Beerfest, just to call it a plot is innappropriate and non existent. It's basically a sequence of unoriginal and unfunny gags that make countless attempts at raunch but end up coming across as urgently vulgar. The excuse for it's existence is for some rudely fun chorkles but it has the nerve to try and engage with us and tug at our heartstrings. That plot device alone takes up absolutely loads of valuable laughing time and extends the whole affair to a whopping and groan inducingly tiresome 110 minutes. The worst part is that the fratboy characters are likable as they need to be, but that alone is not a good enough excuse to enjoy it as a comedy. Personally I don't think it will become the cult adolescent fantasy that it want's to be but as a person who wanted a decent, crazy, madcap, headstrong comedy to kill some of my free time I felt completely bored and very dissapointed. To be frank the actors appeared to be having a much better time in the film then I was having to watch them, the film seemed to have no value whatsoever apart from being their big, uninteresting and stupidly expensive in-joke.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Beerfest is a decent comedy with good laughs. Considering that this was directed by the same guys who made Super Troopers, this film is a bit of a letdown. The film does have good comedic moments, but compared to Super Troopers is less memorable. Beerfest though may have its flaws, but it definitely is a decent comedy to watch with friends. Beerfest is good for what it is, there's never anything great at work on-screen. The film has a few good laughs, but it never succeeds at being a standout comedy flick. Beer fest is a worthy comedy to watch, just don't expect anything great to come out of it. The comedy is decent and is decent, but the filmmakers have made far better films than this. Beerfest is really a film to watch with friends. I found the film to be quite amusing, but it lacked a little something to really make it stand out like Broken Lizard's other comedy, Super Troopers. If you're looking a decent comedy, then this is your film. Although not perfect, Beerfest does have a few good laughs. I enjoyed how silly this film was, but I also thought the film had more potential in being a great comedy. If the filmmakers would have spent a little more time with the script, Beerfest would have been a much better film. This is a fun comedy that should have been much better, nonetheless it still manages to be loads of fun and bring on a few a few laughs. Worth watching if you've enjoyed Super Troopers.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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