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Beerfest (2006)

R | | Comedy | 25 August 2006 (USA)
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Two brothers travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a "Fight Club" with beer games.

Director:

Jay Chandrasekhar

Writers:

Jay Chandrasekhar (as Broken Lizard), Kevin Heffernan (as Broken Lizard) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
M.C. Gainey ... Priest
Paul Soter ... Jan Wolfhouse
Erik Stolhanske ... Todd Wolfhouse / Young Baron Ludwig
Cloris Leachman ... Great Gam Gam
Jürgen Prochnow ... Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen (as Juergen Prochnow)
Cameron Scher ... Helmut
Owain Yeoman ... Aussie Sailor #1
Tom Tate ... Aussie Sailor #2
Allan Graf ... Soup Waiter
Chris Moss ... German Producer
Bjorn Johnson ... Mr. Schniedelwichsen (as Bjørn Johnson)
Kevin Heffernan ... Landfill / Gil / Sausage Lady
Jay Chandrasekhar ... Barry / Blind Sikh
Steve Lemme ... Fink / Emcee
Collin Thornton Collin Thornton ... Little Boy
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Storyline

After the death of their grandfather Johann von Wolfhause, the brothers Jan and Todd Wolfhouse travel to Munich to fulfill a family tradition, spreading the ashes of Johann during the Oktoberfest. Their contact brings them to a secret beer competition, the Beerfest", where they are offended by Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen and the German branch of their family that accuse their great-grandmother of being a prostitute and their grandfather of stealing an old recipe of the best beer in Germany. Jan and Todd returns to USA humiliated and decide to organize a beer team to dispute the next Beerfest. They join Landfill, Barry and Fink and train long the year to participate in the competition. When they find the lost recipe hidden in a dummy, they feel that their German relatives told the truth. But the team is ready for the tough dispute. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Brewed in 2006 See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, language, nudity and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Beer boots (or Bierstiefel) have their origins in legend: a German general promised his troops to drink beer from his boot if they were successful in battle. When the troops prevailed, the general had a glassmaker fashion a boot from glass to fulfill his promise without tasting his own feet and to avoid spoiling the beer in his leather boot. Since then, soldiers have enjoyed toasting to their victories with a beer boot. See more »

Goofs

In the very first drinking competition against the Germans, you can see the tubes carrying the beer taped to a German's neck. See more »

Quotes

Gunter: He stole it und now instead of Deutschland's greatest beer we merely have fourth best behind Steiner Marzen, Radeburger, und... und...
Rolf: Und Beck's?
Gunter: Und Beck's? Ja und Beck's!
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Crazy Credits

There is a disclaimer in the opening credits: "If you attempt to drink the amount of beer the characters do in this film, YOU WILL DIE." See more »

Alternate Versions

For the UK cinema version Warner Bros. chose to remove a scene of sexualized asphyxiation in order to achieve the requested '15' rating. The scene was restored to the UK DVD and the rating raised to an '18'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Franklin & Bash: Freck (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Wasted (The Beerfest Anthem)
Written by Dave Gutter, Jon Roods and Marc Boisvert
Performed by Paranoid Social Club
Courtesy of On-Entertainment Records
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This one goes down smooth
26 August 2006 | by exmortis-2See all my reviews

Many critics are heavily scolding this movie as a stupid, drunken frat-boy romp filled to the brim with crude humor and bad taste. I'd tend to agree with them, aside from this one addition -- it's absolutely hilarious.

From the truly side-splitting opening scene with Grand-papa to the final confrontation before the credits roll, you'll be entertained. The acting and gags are right on the mark for the admittedly low-brow appeal that this movie is shooting for. In that regard, it's no surprise that BeerFest won't get any Oscar nods. But to those of us who appreciate the suds and debauchery of five cartoonish characters embroiled in "a super secret international beer drinking contest to take on the Germans for national pride", this is an instant classic.

To be fair, BeerFest utilizes a much feebler narrative than some of it's gross-out contemporaries, such as Van Wilder, but definitely has a much stronger vision than something like Harold & Kumar go to White Castle. Within this genre, the latter is a fine movie as well -- BeerFest simply stays on track a little better, instead of being a slapdash montage of funny scenes. That said, BeerFest really triumphs by giving us characters so lampoon, you are able to sit back and enjoy two hours of gaseous gaffs without too much mental investment. And that's a good thing every now and then, right? If not, I feel very sad for your sedate, austere funny-bone.

For the rest of us, a toast. Raise your mugs for BeerFest, the drunken orgy of comedy that will keep you laughing!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,031,228, 27 August 2006

Gross USA:

$19,185,184

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,387,597
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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