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August 2006

BEERFEST

by Wilson Morales

BEERFEST

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Screenwriter: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme,
Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske
Cast: Paul Soter, Jay Chandrasekhar, Erik Stolhanske,
Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Cloris Leachman, Will Forte, Mo'nique, Ryan Blanchard, Eric Christian Olsen
   



 

We have seen films about sports left and right. From baseball to football, there’s never an end to this genre. But there has never been a film about beer drinking. Yes, in the eyes of many, beer drinking is considered a sport. Jay Chandrasekhar, along with his boys (Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme, and Kevin Heffernan), known as the Broken Lizard Club, have created a film where many folks will appreciate the fun in drinking in “Beerfest”. At the same time, some of the jokes tend to drag and become tedious, but in the end you will just be entertained, nonetheless. With the amounts of beer games displayed in the film, “Beerfest” will continue to flourish amongst its fans.


As brothers Todd and Jan Wolfhouse (Erik Stolhanske and Paul Soter) are comforting their grandmother (Cloris Leachman) over the death of the grandfather, she tells them that they have to go to Germany to bury his ashes. It was his last wish. What they don’t realize is that the town he wants his ashes in is a secret town known as Oktoberfest, the world-famous beer festival, where folks come to compete annually in all sort of games that are harder to imagine. They also see that their family name is tied to this festival and goes back many generations. When rival German cousins mocks them for not knowing the rules or even the game, the brothers decide to go back home, practice the art of drinking, and come back the following year to defend their family name. Needing some help, they get help from some of their friends, which include Phil Krundle AKA “Landfill” (Kevin Heffernan), who has no limit to drinking, so he thinks. Charlie “Fink” Finklestein (Steve Lemme), a scientist who specializes in beerology; and Barry Badrinath (Jay Chandrasekhar), a college beer champion who’s depressed over an incident he won’t care to discuss but has affected his game.

You somewhat have to be a beer drinking to really appreciate this film. There are plenty of hilarious scenes that will have you laugh your heart out. Director Chandrasekhar has given himself the best role of the five, with his character being the most loose and funniest. His scene with comedian with MoNique is one of the highlights of the film. Hefferman also has his moments as Landfill, the guy who resembles a number of friends you probably know. This is slapstick humor at is its best. You have to go in knowing that when you see a film about beer drinking, don’t go in looking for anything serious and anything that will make sense. At 112 minutes, you will either be bored or wanting more. After all, this is the Broken Lizard Club and their aim is to make you laugh, not think.