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Beerfest (2006)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 63

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

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 23

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

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Two guys used to drinking beer for fun suddenly become fierce competitors in a sort of Lager Olympics in this over-the-top comedy. Todd Wolfhouse (Erik Stolhanske) and his brother Jan (Paul Soter) are from a German-American family but have never visited the Old Country until their grandfather dies and they fly to Germany to scatter his ashes. Todd and Jan arrive during the annual Oktoberfest celebration and accidentally discover a secret competition, "Beerfest," in which the world's leading beer

Dec 5, 2006

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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.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Even in a wacky, stupid comedy like this you have to have some thread of a plot.

August 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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I felt oddly respected: Neck-deep in barley and boobs, marinated in urine, Beerfest panders shamelessly to the 15-year-old in this 30-year-old... without assuming he is a 15-year-old.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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My best suggestion for people who insist on going to see this immense waste of time? Go drunk.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Ok, so maybe you don't absolutely have to have a Y chromosome and be 14 years old (or have the mind of a 14-year-old) to appreciate the freshmanic humor that is Beerfest. But, oh, does it help.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Beerfest plays like a party that's gone on too long, when the buzz has worn off and the hangover starts to set in.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
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The bloated running time (110 minutes!) certainly doesn't do the film any favors...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

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

January 23, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

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

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's not for everyone, but this delivers pretty much everything you could be expecting from a film called Beerfest.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Fans of Broken Lizard's previous work will enjoy this beer-fuddled effort; for anyone else it has its moments, but is best watched through beer-goggles.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Like a bad batch of homebrew - all the ingredients are there for a fun comedy, but it's just a bit off.

September 12, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Possibly the most irresponsible movie ever made and also one of the worst.

September 8, 2006 Full Review | Comments (3)
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

This tepid celebration of binge drinking goes flat fast.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Modamag.com
Modamag.com

While we'd probably be exaggerating to claim that Beerfest is the least funny film ever made, it's undoubtedly top ten material.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

If belching and beer games make you laugh, Beerfest should be on your A-list. But don't see it sobe

September 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

"Beerfest" doesn't offer much more than a keg of cheap laughs %u2014 but that's something worth drinking to.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

When the movie ended, I needed a drink, but not for the reasons that the movie intended.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

"Beerfest" has its moments. But essentially it's all foam and no body.

September 1, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Beerfest is what it is, silliness that entertains at its own lowbrow level.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Comments (2)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Drunkenness, binge drinking and German-hating have never seemed so appealing.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

There's an old slogan for a popular beer company: "Tastes great, less filling." Beerfest would certainly have tasted better had it been less filling by about 30 minutes.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

It draws some occasional big laughs, has a few serious misfires, but sustains a tone of sloppy jocularity throughout.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.
April 27, 2013
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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.
January 17, 2013
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Directors Cat

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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.
April 26, 2012
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One of the worst films I have ever seen.
August 10, 2010
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