Strange Brew (1983)
Critics Consensus: 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 dastardly plan, sober or not. There are several jabs at "hoseheads" and the business of movie-making, including an epilogue that critiques the film itself. Strange Brew found a cult audience with fans of the Second City comedy troupe, of which Moranis and Thomas were members. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi … More
as Brewmeister Smith
as Claude Elsinore
as Pam Elsinore
as Jean LaRose
as Henry Green
as Jack Hawkland
as Mr. McKenzie
as John Elsinore
as Angry Man at Moie
as Man in Movie
as Woman in Movie
as Man in Alley
as Beer Store Clerk
as Fire Chief
as Bald Con
as Prison Guard
as Parking Attendant
as Emcee at Oktoberfest
as Hospital Orderly
as Doug McKenzie
as Bob McKenzie
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Critic Reviews for Strange Brew
Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch.
Their take on the Bard is as imaginative as any other cinematic adaptation, plus a good deal funnier
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.
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.
Clunky booze comedy based on popular Canadian air heads.
The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one.
Just odd enough to skate by; you remember the singular tone of the film long after the gags have faded.
Brilliant. Stupid...but brilliant.
[A] funny movie about a couple of Canadians who sit around and drink a lot.
Strange Brew, incidental and faintly funny as it may be, was the start of a legacy much longer and significant than itself.
I laughed so hard the bullet flew out of my nose.
One of the greatest beer movies of all time!
When the brothers aren't onscreen, you might consider relieving yourself of the beverages you consumed earlier in the movie.
It's funnier than most of ths films Hollywood passes off as humor ten years later.
Audience Reviews for Strange Brew
Follow the idiot McKenzie brothers on this incredibly dumb journey, this is a stupid Canadian comedy masterpiece, hoser!More
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.More
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.
Strange Brew Quotes
- 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!
- 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!
- Bob McKenzie:
- I gotta take a leak so bad I can taste it.
- Bob McKenzie:
- This movie was shot in 3B - three beers - and it looks good, eh?
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