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|Directed by||Jay Chandrasekhar|
|Written by||Broken Lizard|
|Music by||Nathan Barr|
|Cinematography||Frank G. DeMarco|
|Edited by||Lee Haxall|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$20.4 million|
Beerfest is a 2006 American comedy film by the comedy group Broken Lizard. Along with the regular members of Broken Lizard, other actors who appear in the film include Will Forte, M. C. Gainey, Cloris Leachman, Jürgen Prochnow, Donald Sutherland, and Willie Nelson.
When asked about where the concept for the film came from, Jay Chandrasekhar said "We were at a Beer garden in Australia (wearing our police uniforms) and we went on stage and challenged the top five drinkers in the room to a chug off. The place exploded. We were winning, but then Paul Soter started drinking and we quickly lost. Then we had arm wrestling contests. Then Steve Lemme insulted national treasure, Russell Crowe and we had to be escorted out by security. We thought that would be a fun movie. The drinking beer part."
Beerfest was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was theatrically released on August 25, 2006.
At the funeral of their German-born grandfather Johann von Wolfhausen, brothers Jan and Todd Wolfhouse discover that family tradition demands they travel to Munich during Oktoberfest to spread his ashes on the Theresienwiese.
In Munich the brothers unintentionally start a brawl that takes down an entire Oktoberfest tent. They participate in Beerfest, an underground drinking game tournament, run by Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen, where they discover that the von Wolfhausens are related to the Wolfhouses. The German team reveals that Johann was a stable boy who stole the recipe for "the greatest beer in all ze world" decades ago and ran away with his prostitute mother, Gam Gam. Swearing to get revenge on the Germans, Jan and Todd return to Colorado, where they recruit college drinking friends for an American Beerfest team. Among them are: Barry Badrinath who is good at drinking games like Beer Pong and has since become a male prostitute, Steve "Fink" Finklestein who has a PhD in Chemistry, and Phil "Landfill" Krundle who has been known to drink copious amounts of beer.
During the team's year of drinking training, Jan and Todd find out their grandfather did not steal the family beer recipe, but was actually the rightful heir to the family brewery in Bavaria. The team uses the rediscovered recipe to brew Schnitzengiggle Beer, which is so good it literally makes them cry. After the German team receive a bottle of Schnitzengiggle in the mail, the Wolfhausen clan goes to America to take the recipe back. Their agent Cherry steals the receipe off Fink's computer, and drowns Landfill in a beer vat when he catches her. Thinking he committed suicide, the team decides to disband, but change their mind when Landfill's twin brother Gil joins. Like his brother, Gil has been known to drink copious amounts of beer and he even invites the other members of the team to call him "Landfill" in honor of his dead brother.
In Germany, the team uses an empty wooden keg as a Trojan Horse to get inside, where they emerge to boos and jeers. The Americans are allowed to participate after Jan and Todd show how uncannily they resemble the two Beerfest founders, thus convincing the crowd of their von Wolfhausen ancestry. In the finals (bootline chug), Cherry tells Gil at a crucial moment how his brother Phil died, causing Gil to crack and the Germans to win.
Jan offers the Germans a double or nothing opportunity. The Germans tell Jan they already have the recipe and thus no need for a rematch, but Fink points out that Cherry only stole a recipe for a low-carb strawberry beer, which prompts Wolfgang to have Cherry killed. When one of the von Wolfhausens knocks off Fink's yarmulke, he enters into a state of purely concentrated rage (the "Eye of the Jew") which allows him to coach the team to victory, barely gaining the win when the German team's anchor fails to finish "Das Boot" (Boot of beer) by one drop.
In the post credits, the team go to Amsterdam to celebrate their victory in winning the brewery. Upon their travels they find Willie Nelson who is in need of a team for an international pot smoking contest.
- Paul Soter as Jan Wolfhouse
- Erik Stolhanske as Todd Wolfhouse / Young Baron Ludwig
- Cloris Leachman as Great Gam Gam Wolfhouse
- Donald Sutherland as Johann von Wolfhaus
- Jay Chandrasekhar as Barry Badrinath
- Kevin Heffernan as Phil "Landfill" Krundle / Gil "Landfill" Krundle
- Blanchard Ryan as Krista Krundle
- Steve Lemme as Steve "Fink" Finkelstein
- Jürgen Prochnow as Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen
- Nat Faxon as Rolf
- Will Forte as Otto
- Eric Christian Olsen as Gunther
- Ralf Möller as Hammacher
- Gunter Schlierkamp as Schlemmer
- Mo'Nique as Cherry
- MC Gainey as Priest
- James Roday as German messenger
- Philippe Brenninkmeyer as Herr Referee
- Chauntal Lewis as Girl Sprayed by Keg
- Willie Nelson as Himself (cameo)
- Simona Fusco as Ulsa
Despite the statement at the end of Beerfest that Potfest is "coming soon", Broken Lizard intended this as a joke to get publicity. They have stated both that fans were very supportive of the title and that Broken Lizard may decide to make an animated film of the same name. In July 2012, Broken Lizard member Jay Chandraskehar revealed the Smokefest might actually happen, and that Willie Nelson, Cheech of Cheech & Chong and Snoop Dogg agreed to appear in the movie. In June 2013, it was confirmed that the movie would be released after Super Troopers 2. In 2014, it was confirmed that it would be a live action film rather than the proposed animated film. It was announced that a Beerfest TV series will air on CW Seed.
Two versions of the film have been released: The theatrical version and the unrated version. The unrated version runs ten minutes longer than the theatrical version and includes another eight brief scenes.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 41% based on 106 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Beerfest features some laugh-inducing gags, but is too long and the pacing too uneven to form a coherent, functioning comedy." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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