Strange Brew

1983

Strange Brew

Critics Consensus

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

74%

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Total Count: 23

81%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 32,221
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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 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

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Cast

Dave Thomas
as Doug McKenzie
Rick Moranis
as Bob McKenzie
Max von Sydow
as Brewmeister Smith
Paul Dooley
as Claude Elsinore
Lynne Griffin
as Pam Elsinore
Angus MacInnes
as Jean LaRose
Tom Harvey
as The Inspector
Douglas Campbell
as Henry Green
Len Doncheff
as Jack Hawkland
Jill Frappier
as Gertrude
David Beard
as The Judge
Thick Wilson
as The Prosecutor
Eric House
as John Elsinore
Sid Lynas
as Angry Man at Movie
Ron James
as Man in Movie
Dora Dainton
as Lady in Movie
David Clement
as Man in the Alley
Paddy Sampson
as Pensioner
Roger Dunn
as Beer Store Clerk
Diane Douglass
as Receptionist
James Conroy
as Bald Con
Glenn Beck
as Prison Guard
Desh Bandhu
as Parking Attendant
Ilija Ilijevski
as M.C. at Oktoberfest
Thom Bell
as Hospital Orderly #1
Christopher Benson Reed
as Hospital Orderly #2
John Stoneham
as Hospital Orderly #3
David Rigby
as Policeman #1
Denis Forest
as Policeman #2
John Kelly
as Policeman #3
Dick Grant
as Policeman #4
George Stinton
as Policeman #5
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Critic Reviews for Strange Brew

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2)

  • The plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • Classic '80s send-up of Canada; lots of beer drinking.

    Feb 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Overall, I'm not sure anyone picking up Strange Brew cold right now without any prior exposure to the characters would even be able to tell what they're looking at. I still find it entertaining, and I love Rick Moranis in the film in particular.

    Aug 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch.

    Aug 30, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Their take on the Bard is as imaginative as any other cinematic adaptation, plus a good deal funnier

    Apr 2, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Strange Brew

  • Oct 17, 2013
    Written and directed by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, Strange Brew puts a hilarious new spin on Shakespeare's immortal classic Hamlet. When Bob and Doug McKenzie attempt to scam free beer from Elsinore brewery they're given jobs at the plant, and are used as pawns in the power struggle for control of the company between Pam Elsinore and her usurping uncle. Moranis and Thomas give great performances as Bob and Doug McKenzie, and make for a hysterical and charismatic duo. Additionally, the comedy is especial well-written; featuring some clever sketches that are full of laughs. Incredibly funny, Strange Brew is a beauty comedy, eh.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2011
    Follow the idiot McKenzie brothers on this incredibly dumb journey, this is a stupid Canadian comedy masterpiece, hoser!
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2011
    A memorable Hamlet adaptation. Great and silly.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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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