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Strange Brew (1988)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 6

Though lowbrow in intent and outcome, Strange Brew effectively mines laughs from its unique premise and likeable stars.

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Critic Reviews: 2
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Though lowbrow in intent and outcome, Strange Brew effectively mines laughs from its unique premise and likeable stars.



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Purporting to be loosely based on Hamlet, Strange Brew is about an evil braumeister at the Elsinore Brewery who has discovered an additive that when guzzled in beer, allows the drinkers to be easily controlled. Braumeister Smith (Max von Sydow) has a plan to take over the world with his new brew, and only the Great White hosers of the North, Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) -- with their plaid shirts, ski toques, fur-lined parkas, and addiction to beer -- can stop the




Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Steve De Jarnatt

Oct 1, 2002


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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (6) | DVD (9)

The plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source:

Their take on the Bard is as imaginative as any other cinematic adaptation, plus a good deal funnier

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

No, there's nothing intelligent here -- just a couple of likable fellows trying to stop mad Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) from gaining control of the world.

May 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film celebrates stupidity and would likely have caused an international incident if Canadians weren't so nice, but it essentially lives up to its premise, once in a while coming up with a gag that is halfway funny.

May 13, 2008

Clunky booze comedy based on popular Canadian air heads.

February 22, 2008

There's tons of weird stuff here.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

"Hamlet" done by Canadian drunks! Absolute genius!

March 5, 2005

Just odd enough to skate by; you remember the singular tone of the film long after the gags have faded.

March 18, 2004

Brilliant. Stupid...but brilliant.

May 27, 2003

[A] funny movie about a couple of Canadians who sit around and drink a lot.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Strange Brew, incidental and faintly funny as it may be, was the start of a legacy much longer and significant than itself.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source:

I laughed so hard the bullet flew out of my nose.

August 30, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

One of the greatest beer movies of all time!

August 8, 2002

When the brothers aren't onscreen, you might consider relieving yourself of the beverages you consumed earlier in the movie.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It's funnier than most of ths films Hollywood passes off as humor ten years later.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Strange Brew

Follow the idiot McKenzie brothers on this incredibly dumb journey, this is a stupid Canadian comedy masterpiece, hoser!
November 20, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

A memorable Hamlet adaptation. Great and silly.
May 11, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I love Moranis, but I'm not a big fan of Thomas. Most of the time this movie was fun and really hilarious, but there are some stupid jokes thrown in that I didn't like, and it disappointed me because I really wanted to like this movie. Overall, though, it's enjoyable enough, but it could be better.
March 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

There's not quite enough material here to fill a feature length film but Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis stretch it as far as possible.

*Inspired the short-lived "Strange Brew Diet" which primarily consisted of doughnuts and beer.
July 13, 2010
Randy Tippy

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    1. Man in Alley: They've been saving their allowance for weeks to see this movie. What am I supposed to tell them? Just what the heck am I supposed to tell them!
    – Submitted by Carl T (4 months ago)
    1. Doug McKenzie: Gee Pam. You're so nice. Sorry I ralphed all over your sweater. If I didn't have puke breath, I'd kiss you!
    – Submitted by Scott R (2 years ago)
    1. Bob McKenzie: I gotta take a leak so bad I can taste it.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
    1. Bob McKenzie: This movie was shot in 3B - three beers - and it looks good, eh?
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
    1. Doug McKenzie: The power of the force has stopped you, you hosers.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
    1. Bob McKenzie: He once got our dead battery goin' by mixin' bird feces and spit, cause there's like acids in it, eh?
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
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