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.

75%

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81%

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In their quest for free beer, bumbling Canadian brothers Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug McKenzie (Dave Thomas) wind up working at the Elsinore Brewery. The hapless lads uncover a sinister mind-control plot spearheaded by Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) and must stop the scheme, which also involves Uncle Claude (Paul Dooley), a member of the Elsinore family. As Bob and Doug try to prevent Smith from taking over the world, they also manage to drink plenty of their favorite sudsy beverage.

Cast & Crew

Dave Thomas
Doug McKenzie
Rick Moranis
Bob McKenzie
Max von Sydow
Brewmeister Smith
Paul Dooley
Claude Elsinore
Lynne Griffin
Pam Elsinore
Tom Harvey
The Inspector
Len Doncheff
Jack Hawkland
Rick Moranis
Screenwriter
Dave Thomas
Screenwriter
Brian E. Frankish
Associate Producer
Jack Grossberg
Executive Producer
Steven Poster
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Strange Brew

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (6)

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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