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|Directed by||Jay Chandrasekhar|
|Produced by||Bill Gerber|
|Written by||Broken Lizard|
Eric Christian Olsen
|Music by||Nathan Barr|
|Cinematography||Frank G. DeMarco|
|Edited by||Lee Haxall|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Budget||$17.5 million|
|Box office||$20.4 million|
Beerfest is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and starring the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, which comprises Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The film co-stars Nat Faxon, Will Forte, Ralf Möller, Mo'Nique, Eric Christian Olsen, Jürgen Prochnow, Cloris Leachman.
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, even though they were apparently ignorant of the fact that Jan and Todd could not be bothered to believe them. Swearing to get revenge on the Germans, Jan and Todd return to Colorado, where they recruit college drinking friends for an American Beerfest team, while also keeping Gam Gam unaware of the competition. Among them are: Barry Badrinath who is good at drinking games like Beer Pong and has since become a male prostitute, Charlie "Fink" Finklestein who has a PhD in Chemistry, who is currently extracting Frog Semen for Cloning experiments, 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. Following a confrontation between the Wolfhausens and Jan and Todd, the Wolfhausens forge evidence that Jan and Todd's restaurant has health issues, to put them out of business. Fink quits the team, having been fired due to a slipping performance at the lab. Meanwhile, the Germans' agent Cherry seemingly steals the receipt off Fink's computer. Landfill discovers what she is doing, and attempts to stop her. Cherry initially overpowers Landfill, but he turns the tables on her, only to be pushed into a vat full of beer, doomed to drown due to the yeast pulling him in. Minutes later, Jan discovers Landfill's body. Thinking he committed suicide due to his wife taking their kids and leaving him earlier because of the strain that his involvement was putting on their marriage (which is also the reason he quit the team), the team decides to disband. During Landfill's funeral, the remaining teammates grow despondent, following Fink's eulogy. Gam Gam suddenly arrives, revealing she knew about Beerfest the entire time. she then motivates them with a rousing speech, and everyone, save for Barry, change their minds. Barry reveals that he cannot join due to a traumatizing incident years ago during a game of ping pong, in which a Paddle was forcefully shoved up his anus, shocking everyone including Gam Gam, who sympathizes with Barry, and encourages him to rise above it, which causes him to relent and join the team. Shortly after, Landfill's Southern twin brother Gil reveals himself to the group and offers to join the team, an offer that they excitedly accept. Like his brother, Gil can 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 / Baron Ludwig von Wolfhausen
- Cloris Leachman as Great Gam Gam Wolfhouse
- Donald Sutherland as Johann von Wolfhouse
- Jay Chandrasekhar as Barry Badrinath/Blind Sikh
- Kevin Heffernan as Phil "Landfill" Krundle / Gil "Landfill" Krundle/Random Sausage Lady
- Blanchard Ryan as Krista Krundle
- Steve Lemme as Charlie "Fink" Finkelstein/Emcee
- 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
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."
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 40% based on 107 reviews, with an average rating of 5.04/10. 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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