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Beerfest Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Beerfest is tedious and, at 112 minutes, too long to sustain a sophomoric, one-joke comedy even for the presumed target audience of older male teens and the college-age crowd.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today

    Ultimately, Beerfest plays like a party that's gone on too long, when the buzz has worn off and the hangover starts to set in.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Ok, so maybe you don't absolutely have to have a Y chromosome and be 14 years old (or have the mind of a 14-year-old) to appreciate the freshmanic humor that is Beerfest. But, oh, does it help.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    Beerfest panders shamelessly to the 15-year-old in this 30-year-old... without assuming he is a 15-year-old. It's R-rated puerility for actual immature grown-ups.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Beer and burps; only for Broken Lizard fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intentionally stupid, vulgar comedy features incessant beer drinking. Characters are frequently drunk, hung over, throwing up, burping, and peeing in public urinals. Most scenes are set in bars, at parties, or at drinking competitions. Several scenes feature topless women and/or women engaged in sexual activity with lusty or drunken men. Crude humor and language are featured throughout the film, including verbal and visual references to sex/ejaculation, prostitution, Jewishness, obesity, masturbation, flatulence, funerals, social expectations, and boundaries. Characters also smoke cigarettes, cigars, and pot.

  • Families can talk about stupid comedies. What's the appeal? Who's the intended audience? How do these types of movies represent women? Is there any part of this movie that's meant to be taken seriously? What messages does it send about drinking and sex?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Fierce beer-drinking competitions, topless girls, murder, and a broken marriage -- all contributing to the goal of abject drunkenness. Some jokes about Finklestein's Jewishness, and a mention of Barry's Indian background (connected to a "cowboy").

What to watch for
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    Violence: The film opens with a suicide; frequent slapstick/drunken violence (including competitors slapping and hitting each other); crowd chaos (running and falling); off-screen shootings; following a drinking bout, Barry appears naked and bloody next to a dead deer whose neck he has apparently ripped open (a reference to werewolf movies); murder by drowning in a beer vat.

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    Sex: Frequent sexual slang and shots of topless girls, as well as one shot of a man's naked bottom; Barry works as a street prostitute (charging money to "touch it," etc.) alongside a squeaky "gay" prostitute); fantasy and flashback sequences show Barry having raunchy sex; another lively sex scene in a barn; frequently expressed concern that Great Gam Gam is a whore; lab workers stimulate frogs to extract sperm (workers' heads bob, the ejaculate is green); simulated sex with a puppet; references to "BJs" and "HJs" Great Gam Gam "warms up" a sausage in a sexual way.

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    Language: Multiple f-words; frequent slang for sexual activity/genitals ("bugger," "boink," "tossers and sheep-shaggers," "pork," etc.); frequent uses of other crude language ("hell," "s--t," "ass," "bitch").

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Beer and more beer (plus some other liquor and ram's urine-drinking); Finklestein smokes pot (and pot smoking pops up again later); cigars and cigarettes are smoked.