Strange Brew

1983

Action / Comedy

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 13819

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Max von Sydow as Brewmeister Smith
Rick Moranis as Bob McKenzie
Mel Blanc as Voice of Mr. McKenzie
Paul Dooley as Claude Elsinore
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1hr 30 min
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1hr 30 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

fun characters

Brothers Doug (Dave Thomas) and Bob McKenzie (Rick Moranis) are the idiot Canadian presenters on the television show SCTV. They show a movie that they've made. It doesn't go well. They try the mouse-in-the-bottle scam to get free Elsinore beer. They rescue Pam Elsinore (Lynne Griffin) from a jam gate. The owner died and Pam is set to inherit the brewery upon turning 21. Claude Elsinore (Paul Dooley) married his brother's wife and took over the company. Claude tries to buy out Pam but she refuses. Pam hires the brothers to inspect for mice. Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) is experimenting the new brew on lunatics from the neighboring asylum with disturbing results.

The idiot brothers are hilarious and one of the best part of SCTV. The self-aware opening is fun. The rest of it is ridiculous idiocy. It needs some breaking down the 4th wall. This is for McKenzie brothers' fans and people who like their brand of silly. Von Sydow provides important acting power. It's likable fun.

Reviewed by powermandan 10 / 10

This Is If Hamlet Was In 80's Canada. Beauty Eh?

This is a weird analogy comparing two Canadian stereotypes to a 500-year-old play. Well, it's true. I thought it was coincidence, but I checked it out and it was deliberate.

SCTV was the Canadian version of Saturday Night Live, minus famous celebrity guests and famous musical acts. Actually, SCTV was better than SNL during its run. That's right, from 1976- 1983 SCTV was the better product. SCTV was cancelled was cancelled because they wanted to be on for just a few years. SCTV was cancelled around the time of SNL's dark days. What really outs SCTV on the map was Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas playing Bob and Doug Mackenzie hosting "The Great White North." The whole idea came up as an accident (says Thomas): he claims that they needed an extra segment for time purposes and that he heard people talking about having a more Canadian-based segment and he sarcastically said "What? Do you want guys wearing toques, drinking beer and saying 'eh?'?" Rick Moranis was the new guy and Dave Thomas came up with the concept, and the greatest characters to grace Canada were born. Before Wayne's World and Trailer Park Boys, there was Bob and Doug.

Bob and Doug exploded into worldwide fame, so it was only natural that they would get their own movie. This is one of the few little segments that transitioned well to the big screen. I loved this movie, but I noticed just lukewarm reviews on different sites. Those people just don't understand Canadian humour. I'm not just saying this because I am Canadian, it's just like anybody that doesn't get British humour. Bob and Doug are clean, so that plays a huge factor. People love profanity and violence--things Bob and Doug have almost none of.

The movie starts out with Bob and Doug attending the premiere event of their new movie. Pandemonium erupts with angry fans because of how bad the movie is. Bob gives some money to an angry family before taking off, not knowing it was beer money. In this first bit, we get vintage Bob and Doug as well as how they are outside of the SCTV studio. They live with their parents in a normal-sized house in suburban-Toronto. The plot then furthers by them trying to get free beer by saying they got ripped off by having a mouse in a bottle. Anybody that knows Bob and Doug know their segment on the show when they talk about getting a mouse into a bottle to get free beer. Taking a segment out of the show and into the big screen was genius. Even though it was brief. They present it to the Elsinore Brewery where they are unintentionally hired and get lots of beer. Here is where the Hamlet plot ties in: Claude Elsinore (Paul Dooley) kills his brother and marries his sister-in-law to inherit the brewery and tries to get the legal heir (Lynne Griffin) out of the picture so he can do evil plans to it with his assistant (Max Von Sydow). The MacKenzie brothers find themselves in the middle of the conspiracy where they become the primary targets. Their stereotypical Canadian...everything, can be fun to all. The writing is fantastic and the humour is awesome. Adding Hamlet to the mix may sound weird, but it totally works here. I highly recommend this to anybody that gets Shakespeare and Canadian humour.

Reviewed by Jeff DeLany 5 / 10

Certainly strange, definitely entertaining.

When it comes to guilty pleasures this film is on my top ten list for sure. Now I can thank Netflix for bringing it into my home. It brings to mind a better time when Rick Moranis was popular (couldn't they find something else for him to shrink or blow up?). It may not be big budget but it stands up as a great comedy even today. The film stars Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Also featured is Oscar nominee Max von Sydow.

The film follows Doug and Bob McKenzie, two Canadian brothers, as they attempt to quench their insatiable thirst for beer. After some poorly designed attempts to get free beer they end up as employees of the Elsinore Brewery. There they find that something strange is brewing and unwittingly become part of the solution.

I'm not going to rave about this film. I would suggest this one for anyone who liked Spies Like Us, Airplane, or any films similar to those. It's goofy and silly and fun, something I think the whole family can enjoy.

I give this 2.5 out of 5 stars, but I love this film so much!

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