Strange Brew (1983)


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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Steve De Jarnatt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 1, 2002


as Brewmeister Smith

as Claude Elsinore

as Pam Elsinore

as Jean LaRose

as Inspector

as Henry Green

as Jack Hawkland

as Gertrude

as Prosecutor

as Mr. McKenzie

as John Elsinore

as Angry Man at Moie

as Man in Movie

as Woman in Movie

as Man in Alley

as Pensioner

as Beer Store Clerk

as Receptionist

as Bald Con

as Prison Guard

as Parking Attendant

as Emcee at Oktoberfest

as Hospital Orderly

as Orderly

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Doug McKenzie

as Bob McKenzie
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Critic Reviews for Strange Brew

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

The plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch.

Full Review… | August 30, 2013

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

Full Review… | April 2, 2010

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.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
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

Audience Reviews for Strange Brew

Follow the idiot McKenzie brothers on this incredibly dumb journey, this is a stupid Canadian comedy masterpiece, hoser!

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

A memorable Hamlet adaptation. Great and silly.

Lucas Martins
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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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