It's quite clear to me that people will die as a result of seeing this film. It promotes heavy beer drinking to the point of complete intoxication. It's irresponsible in the extreme, and I'm saying this in complete recognition of the fact that the filmmakers warn viewers that they will die if they behave like the characters in the film. So what? The makers of "Jackass" tried to do the same thing and look what happened. Then again, perhaps they're doing everyone a favor. Anybody stupid enough to behave like the characters in the film is somebody whose DNA need not be passed on.
The film is also a rip-off, more or less, of Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Bloodsport." Personally, I think committing the crime of ripping off any Jean-Claude Van Damme movie should involve jail time. In "Bloodsport," Van Damme competed in an underground martial arts competition. In "Beerfest", the main characters discover an underground beer drinking competition. Jan Wolfhouse (Paul Soter) and his brother Todd (Erik Stolhanske) are dispatched to Germany after the death of their father (Donald Sutherland). Once there, they discover their father may have stolen a beer recipe and they are disgraced by Baron Wolfgang von Wolfausen (Jurgen Prochnow) and his beer-drinking team. Upon returning to America, they decide to train for the competition and reclaim their self-esteem.
This involves tracking down three more members. The first is Steve "Fink" Finklestein (Steve Lemme), who's a scientist and whose purpose on the team is to figure stuff out. The second member is Barry (Jay Chandrasekhar) who was supposedly the best college drinking game player alive in his day. The third is Landfill (Kevin Heffernan). They get together. They train. They return to Germany. Can you guess what happens? Of course you can.
This film is by the same guys who did "Super Troopers" and "Club Dread," two other movies that also weren't funny. Since they've now hit the trifecta in the stupid filmmaking sweepstakes, I suggest they take up another hobby.
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