Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beerfest (2006)

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Starring: M.C. Gainey, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Cloris Leachman, Jurgen Prochnow, Cameron Scher, Owain Yeoman, Tom Tate, Allan Graf, Chris Moss, Bjorn Johnson, Kevin Heffernan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Collin Thornton, Will Forte, Mo'Nique, Donald Sutherland, Willie Nelson

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Prepare for the ultimate chug of war.

Plot: 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.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? YES!!! (but with beer this time)

There's something to be said about lowered expectations.  I went into this one ready to dismiss it as a bad comedy but I ended up laughing my ass off at this near 2 hour flick.  It's funny as shit.  I loved the Jurgen Prochnow (as Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen) DAS BOOT (1981) references as well as all of the sexual shit with Great Gam Gam, (hilariously played by Cloris Leachman), and Landfill's (Heffernan) saga and unexpected comeback) and countless other bits.  It's not like most comedies where there's a laggy section.  This one's funny for a solid 110 minutes which is a feat itself to be able to sustain the funny for that long.  This movie is hilarious and I'm going to start looking out for more of Chandrasekhar's work.  I wasn't bowled over by SUPER TROOPERS (2001) like a lot of people were but I'm keen to now watch it again and anything else I can get my hands on.

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