Monday, September 04, 2006

Beerfest (**)

I'll admit that I don't really like Broken Lizard all that much. They're the comedic troupe that acts, writes, and directs their own films, and if you've seen Super Troopers or Club Dread, you know what to expect from them. Their latest opus, Beerfest, is as bad as those other movies, but I was expecting more. I found the ads for Beerfest funny, and thought this could be a college classic. It probably will become one, but through the sheer power of its title and subject matter alone, not through any merit as a comedy. There are moments of amusement, but they are few and far between. And with a running time of about two hours, Beerfest goes on for way, way too long and more then overstays its welcome. Actually, the funniest gag involves one of the characters getting drunk (big surprise) and waking up the next day lying naked in a forest covered in blood. The camera zooms out, and we see a deer carcass lying next to him with its insides eaten. He sees the deer and the blood, and walks away saying, "Not again." Beerfest ends with the group being greeted by Willie Nelson and asked to enter a "Potfest." If there is a sequel, count me out.


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