Beerfest

Beerfest

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Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme

     
 

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Two guys used to drinking beer for fun suddenly become fierce competitors in a sort of Lager Olympics in this over-the-top comedy. Todd Wolfhouse (Erik Stolhanske) and his brother Jan (Paul Soter) are from a German-American family but have never visited the Old Country until their grandfather dies and theySee more details below

Overview

Two guys used to drinking beer for fun suddenly become fierce competitors in a sort of Lager Olympics in this over-the-top comedy. Todd Wolfhouse (Erik Stolhanske) and his brother Jan (Paul Soter) are from a German-American family but have never visited the Old Country until their grandfather dies and they fly to Germany to scatter his ashes. Todd and Jan arrive during the annual Oktoberfest celebration and accidentally discover a secret competition, "Beerfest," in which the world's leading beer guzzlers determine who can handle the most brew during several days of heated drinking games. Todd and Jan are no slouches when it comes to downing suds and offer to compete, but the German branch of the family, the Von Wolfhausens, scoff at their desire to enter the contest and inform them no mere American could hope to carry away the Beerfest honors. Determined to prove Yanks can swill beer and embarrass themselves just as well as anyone, Todd and Jan bring their most skilled drinking buddies to Germany to defend America's honor on the field of drunken battle and show their German relatives that the family's talent didn't vanish when they crossed the pond. Beerfest was written and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, and several other Broken Lizard members pop up in the film's cast, as do Will Forte, Mo'nique, Cloris Leachman, and Jürgen Prochnow.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The Broken Lizard troupe returns to tap the box office for another round of substance-soaked fun, and the results are endearingly juvenile in this beer-chugging chuckler that pits good old American innovation against time-honored Teutonic drinking endurance with occasionally uneven, but often hilarious, results. In a time when the R-rated comedy is making a strong comeback, the Broken Lizards have managed to capture all the light-hearted raunchiness of the late '70s and early '80s with relative ease. This is straight-up comedy, pure and simple -- no romantic side-plots, no dramatic developments, and no need for anything except the most threadbare of plots. Beerfest is the kind of film that exists solely to make the viewer laugh, and it achieves its goal with an charmingly reckless sense of politically incorrect zeal. Though pacing has never been the troupe's strong point (chugging does occasionally slow to a sip when the Lizards shift gears to keep the story moving), the functional laughs that populate the scenes bridging the gap between gags do serve well to keep the viewer in good spirits until the next big set up -- which is never too far away. As a result, however, Beerfest does have a bit too much head to qualify as a true comedy classic despite inspired moments of hops-soaked insanity, making the film both a fun night at the flicks for good friends and a surefire hit on home video -- where the best jokes are sure to be repeatedly enjoyed with a few six packs and a group of good friends.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2006
UPC:
0085391102076
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
23,375

Special Features

Deleted scenes: Full-bodied and full-babed!; Party foul: Hear stories of the cast and filmmakers' most outrageous alcohol-related mishaps; Beer 101: Dive into the history of beer with Jay and the lizards; Frog fluffer: Meet the man behind the green goo; Commentaries: Two tracks featuring the director and the lizards; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Chandrasekhar Barry,Blind Sikh
Kevin Heffernan Landfill,Gil,Sausage Lady
Steve Lemme Steve 'Fink' Finklestein,Emcee
Paul Soter Jan Wolfhouse
Erik Stolhanske Todd Wolfhouse,Young Baron Ludwig
Will Forte Otto
Ralf Moeller Hammacher
Mo'Nique Cherry
Eric Christian Olsen Gunter
Jürgen Prochnow Baron Wolfgang Von Wolfhausen
Cloris Leachman Great Gam Gam
M.C. Gainey Priest
Cameron Scher Helmut
Owain Yeoman Aussie Sailor
Tom Tate Aussie Sailor
Allan Graf Soup Waiter
Chris Moss German Producer
Bjorn Johnson Mr. Schniedelwichsen
Collin Thornton Little Boy
Pab Schwendimann Door Bouncer
Philippe Brenninkmeyer Herr Referee
Jessica Williams Inga
Steven Michael Quezada Mexican
Aaron Hendry Pim Scutney
Michael Yurchak Rog Gobshire
Nat Faxon Rolf
Gunther Schlierkamp Schlemmer
Blanchard Ryan Krista Krundle
Isaac Kappy Hustler
Robert Washington Viking Master
Leanna Kristen Little Tough Chick
Audrey Marie Anderson Giddy Girl
Megan Robinson Giddy Girl
Arron Shiver Strike Out Kid
Justin Ocksrider Camera Phone Kid
Amber Hay "Cops" Girl
Galen Hutchison Wiseass Partygoer
James Roday German Messenger
Anna Lane Dancing Girl
Candace Smith Naomi
Brittney Higgins Todd's Wife
Sarah Figoten Young Gam Gam
Marc Mouchet Karl Schumacher
Simona Fusco Stratten Ulsa
James Grace Canadian
Tom Carver Canadian
Ben Zeller Spectator
Ivan Brutsche Spectator
Sabrina Javor Rog's Girl
Rohit Sang Raj Kuma
Richard Perello Bartender Percy
Gary Kanin Old Vet

Technical Credits
Jay Chandrasekhar Director,Producer,Screenwriter
David Alvarez Sound/Sound Designer
Artist Robinson Associate Producer,Asst. Director
David Baca Art Director
Steven Baker Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Barocci Camera Operator
Nathan Barr Score Composer
Michael Beugg Executive Producer
Sara Bozik Makeup
Frank G. de Marco Cinematographer
William Fay Executive Producer
Marisa Frantz Set Decoration/Design
Bill Gerber Producer
Tricia Gray Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Haxall Editor
Kevin Heffernan Producer,Screenwriter
Clark Hunter Production Designer
Venus Kanani Casting
Steve Lemme Producer,Screenwriter
Peter E. Lengyel Executive Producer
Broken Lizard Screenwriter
Richard Perello Producer
Paul Soter Producer,Screenwriter
Erik Stolhanske Producer,Screenwriter
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beerfest
1. Credits and Spunk [2:57]
2. Wolfhouse Tradition [3:14]
3. 99 Bottles [1:41]
4. Everything Gone Wild [4:34]
5. Into Beerfest [3:20]
6. Cousins [3:31]
7. Under the Table [5:01]
8. Landfill, Fink, Barry [9:23]
9. In Training [5:12]
10. Morning After [1:35]
11. Gam Gam's Sausage [2:28]
12. Ram Juice [1:28]
13. Party Brigade [3:51]
14. Secret Recipe [3:33]
15. Kill the Messenger [2:22]
16. Handsome Devil [4:01]
17. Bavarian Buddies [:48]
18. Exposé Color [5:22]
19. Spy [2:13]
20. R.I.P. [5:56]
21. Things Shoved [3:05]
22. Landfill II [4:29]
23. Let Them Drink! [3:14]
24. Through the Brackets [4:57]
25. Championship [5:43]
26. Beer Pong [1:49]
27. Thumper [3:01]
28. Turbo Quarters [:32]
29. Line Chug [1:02]
30. Das Five Boots [4:53]

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