From the Broken Lizard comics who brought you "Super Troopers" and "Club Dread" comes this story of a group of friends training for a secretive international beer-drinking competition held in Germany during Oktoberfest.
Big question: Is "Beerfest" as stupidly funny as the fictional competition in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Baseketball"?
Skip it: "Beerfest" grinds through a nearly joke-free beginning and never consistently settles into a streak that keeps the laughs coming. You have no business seeing this movie in the theater if you'd rather be on the couch letting your beer belly hang out, with one hand in your pants and the other clutching a cold one.
Catch it: If you like your comedy misogynistic. "Beerfest" has a total of zero women who aren't needy, slutty or just onscreen to flash their breasts.
Bottom line: Seemingly written, directed and acted while under the influence, "Beerfest" has a couple inspired scenes--including, yes, a hilarious eulogy--but the Broken Lizard guys have comedic beer goggles on if they think there's enough here to sustain nearly two hours. If you're not amused by German accents or burping, this probably isn't your movie.
Bonus: For what it's worth, you won't see another film this year that has a man using his hands to pleasure a frog. Croaking has never sounded so intense!
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar; screenplay by Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske; cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco; edited by Lee Haxall; production design by Clark Hunter; music by Nathan Barr; produced by Chandrasekhar, Bill Gerber and Richard Perello. A Warner Bros. Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:50. MPAA rating: R (for pervasive crude and sexual content, language, nudity and substance abuse).
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