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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, and Cloris Leachman. It was theatrically released on August 25, 2006.
At the funeral of their German-born grandfather Johann von Wolfhausen, half-wit brothers Jan and Todd Wolfhouse discover that family tradition demands that they travel to Munich at Oktoberfest to spread his cremated ashes at the Theresienwiese. There, the brothers unintentionally start an altercation that takes down an entire Oktoberfest tent. They then 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 angrily denies the family ties, revealing that Johann was a stable boy who stole the recipe for ze greatest beer in all ze world decades ago and ran away with his prostitute mother (the brothers great grandmother), Great Gam Gam. Enraged by the mockery of their ancestors, Jan and Todd challenge the Germans to a drinking game. The brothers defeat humiliates them in front of everybody, with Wolfgang pouring their grandfather s ashes on them and Jan gets punched in the eye.
Swearing to get revenge on the Germans, Jan and Todd return to Colorado where they recruit their drinking friends from college—binge drinker Phil Landfill Krundle, Jewish scientist Charlie Fink Finklestein, and male prostitute Barry Badrinath—to assemble an American Beerfest team, though they do not divulge this to Great Gam Gam. During the team s year of training, Jan and Todd find out that 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, whose delicious taste fills them with awe.
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 the brothers 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, Landfill catches Great Gam Gam s caregiver Cherry stealing the beer recipe for the Germans. He overwhelms Cherry in a fight, but is pushed into a vat full of beer that drowns him due to the yeast ingredient submerging him. Minutes later, Jan discovers Landfill s body. Thinking Landfill committed suicide because of the strain that his involvement was putting on their marriage, the team decides to disband.
After the funeral, Great Gam Gam reveals that she knew about Beerfest the entire time. She then motivates the bereaved team with a rousing speech, and everyone except Barry change their minds. Barry explains that he cannot join due to a traumatizing incident years ago during a game of table tennis, in which the big end of a racket was forcefully shoved up his anus. Sympathizing with Barry, Great Gam Gam encourages him to rise above it, causing 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, which they 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 his memory.
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 gibes Gil about the death of his brother, causing him 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-carbohydrate strawberry beer, prompting 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 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.
- 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
- 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
- M. C. Gainey as Priest
- James Roday as German messenger
- Philippe Brenninkmeyer as Herr Referee
- Chauntal Lewis as Girl Sprayed by Keg
- Willie Nelson as Himself (uncredited cameo)
- Simona Fusco as Ulsa
- Isaac Kappy as Antonio the Hustler
Beerfest was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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 theatrically released on August 25, 2006.
Two versions of the film have been released on home media: the theatrical version and an unrated version. The unrated version runs ten minutes longer 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 .
David Jenkins in Time Out magazine wrote it appears to have been conceived on the back of a beermat and its trashy direction, nonexistent plot and dismal comic mugging would seem to suggest that preparations progressed no further . Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times disagreed: Best viewed while sloshed, Beerfest is idiotic, tasteless and irrepressibly good-natured in other words, a frat-house classic .
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 later announced, in 2016, that a Beerfest TV series will air on CW Seed. As of October 2020 there have been no further announcements on the future of the project, thus it remains in development hell until further notice.
|Plot||Two brothers travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a “Fight Club” with beer games.|
|Awards||Awards, 1 win & 3 nominations|
|Writers||Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme|
|Stars||Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme|
|Produced by||Michael Beugg,William Fay,Bill Gerber,Peter Lengyel,Scott Mednick,Richard Perello,Artist W. Robinson,Thomas Tull|
|Music by||Nathan Barr|
|Cinematography by||Frank G. DeMarco|
|Film Editing by||Lee Haxall|
|Casting By||Venus Kanani,Mary Vernieu|
|Production Design by||Clark Hunter|
|Art Direction by||David Baca|
|Set Decoration by||Gabriella Villarreal|
|Costume Design by||Tricia Gray|
|Makeup Department||Sara Bozik,Debra Clair,Katie Douthit,Sheri Kornhaber,Kathy Lineberger,Linda Vallejo,Vanessa Jaramillo,Jolynn Nieto|
|Production Management||Michael Beugg,Robert J. Dohrmann,Susan Maas,Ravi D. Mehta|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Sonia Bhalla,Jason Blumenfeld,Dennis Crow,Jai James,Joseph Payton,Philip C. Pfeiffer,Timothy C. Reischauer,Artist W. Robinson,Deanna Stadler,Marcia Woske|
|Art Department||David D. Baumann,Ryan Cowles,Ralph Diaz,Antoine Erhardt,Ryan Falkner,Jason Fitzgerald,Marisa Frantz,Eric Gallegos,Dwayne Grady,Paul Harman,Arlen Johnson,Ester Kim,Ellen Lampl,David Loitz,Amy Marsh,Evan Martinez,David McQuade,Zacheriah T. Rheam,Phil Shirey,Juan Souter,Christopher Windisch,Chris Alvarez,Isaac Amondson,Jeffrey G Baca,James Duddy,Erick Garibay,E. Michael Heffernan,Arlen Johnson,Caylen Johnson,Randy Moffitt,Robbie Mueller,Sara M. Pennington,Ian Scroggins,Upton Shipley,Mike Sudrow,Gary Warshaw,Chris Windisch Jr.,Brannon Wright|
|Sound Department||David Alvarez,John D Aquino,Barbara Delpuech,Yann Delpuech,Caoimhe Doyle,Cole Gittinger,Eric Gotthelf,Shaughnessy Hare,Gregory King,E. Niles Klein,Goro Koyama,Tim LeBlanc,Andy Malcolm,Barbara Noren,Jeena M. Phelps,Brian Seagrave,Lan Tran,Gregory H. Watkins,Don White,Derrick Espino|
|Special Effects by||Nicole Hansen,Daniel Holt,Geoffrey C. Martin,Gary Petersen,Jeff Strom,Sean McCormick|
|Visual Effects by||Danny Albano,Ron Barr,David Beedon,Thomas Clary,Andrea D Amico,Nikki Dennis,Scott Gregory,John F. Gross,Hong Kim,James Allan May,Erin L. Nelson,Jason Piccioni,Fred Pienkos,Corinne Pooler,Jerry Pooler,Alfredo Ramirez,Marco Recuay,Matt Scharf,Wilson Tang,Jason Michael Zimmerman,Anthony Davis,James Allan May,Chris B. Schnitzer,Sean M. Scott|
|Stunts||Robert Alonzo,Hank Amos,Richard Burden,Ken Clark,Russ Dillon,Ed Duran,Andy Dylan,Natascha Hopkins,Gene LeBell,David Leitch,Deborah L. Mazor,Heidi Moneymaker,Darrin Prescott,Rex Reddick,Justin Riemer,Bridgett Riley,Craig Frosty Silva,Chad Stahelski,Logan Brown,Allan Graf,Natascha Hopkins,David Leitch,Deborah L. Mazor,Megan Robinson|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Robert Barocci,Jeff Bettis,Harland Espeset,Ryan Eustis,Doug Foote,Richard Foreman Jr.,Patrick R. Heffernan,Greg Hewett,Chris Joehnk,Jimi Johnson,Alan Keffer,Kirk LeBlanc,Steven Litecky,Charlie Newberry,Philip C. Pfeiffer,John Stearns,Michael Warren,Wes Whittaker,Robert Barocci,Ed Duran,Allen Eaves,Frank Eyers,Christina Fiers,George Greene,George Ross Johnson,Robert Johnston,Colin Kelly,Benjamin Lowell,Ryne Niner,Mark Steinig,Daniel Stilling,Lee Vickery,Marcia Woske|
|Casting Department||Jo Edna Boldin,Eleanor Bravo,J.C. Cantu,Trixie Geisler,Lindsay Graham,Sandy Holt,Lewis Liu,Marie A.K. McMaster,Lucas Ruggles,Steven Raye Stanard|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Maria Bentfield,Bradford Booth,Emily Egge,Juliet Hyde-White,Roberta Souder Langhofer,Kent Alan Parker,Claire Sandrin,Pilar Agoyo,Anette Czagany,Melissa E. Hollingsworth,Pamela Lee Incardona,Leigh Anne Montaño|
|Editorial Department||Ron Barr,David Berman,Ryan C. Fill,Scott Gregory,Danya Joseph,Kathleen Latlip,Allyse Manoff,Matt Zogaric|
|Location Management||Don Gray,Gavin Moughan,Leonard Sanchez,Wade Whitman,William Clark Coit III,J.D. Jacoby|
|Music Department||Andrew Burnett,Tim Mosher,Ainz Brainz Prasad,Brian Richards,Carter Armstrong|
|Script and Continuity Department||Rebecca Fulton,Lois King,Trisha Burton|
|Transportation Department||Andy Boyd,Dennis Milliken,Paul Salard III,Bruce Comtois,Harold L. Woods|
|Additional Crew||Steve Aguino,Chris Agyeman,Aaron Behl,Brett Brown,Thomas Buerkle,Anna Burd,Claire Chandou,Philip Cottone,J.J. Dalton,Pablo del Olmo,Russ Dillon,Ryan C. Fill,Tom V. Fox,Tom Graziano,Rowie Green,Emily Gruendike,David Guilbeau,Karen A. Harris,Rebecca Hilliard,April A. Janow,Judith Jennings,Matthew Jennison,Armando Kirwin,Erin Lander,Andrew Lang,Tara Leone,Lewis Liu,Brandy Marrs,Matt McMaster,Anna Metcalf,Marcus Montano,Leigh Anne Montaño,Dennis Muscari,Dan Noah,Barbara Noren,Sara M. Pennington,Charlie Pinto,Jay Polidoro,Heston Roewe,Faith Strongheart,Marcus Taylor,Lan Tran,Jeffrey G Baca,Erin Boyd,Brooke Fair,Marc C. Geschwind,Mary Holyoke,Travis Huff,Sandy Lizaola-Hernandez,Leigh Maney,Michelle Montgomery,Carlos A. Montoya,Jason Neudecker,Aimie Olson,Michyl-Shannon Quilty,G.Q. Sanchez,Stephanie Wescott|
|Companies||Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Gerber Pictures|