Here is a brief review round-up of the next Broken Lizard comedy Beerfest.
The reviews are in and, unlike the very early reviews, claim the film is NOT funny. Are we talking not funny like Club Dread not funny?
THR Beerfest, as the title promises, is an alcohol-driven comedy about young and foolish men and a fondness for contests involving their favorite beverage. The film is from the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, and you cannot be blamed for assuming the group's affection for crude gags and tiresome routines escalated with their blood alcohol levels. The disappointment is that when sobriety returned, the group didn't exercise some critical judgment by losing the worst of these gags. Then again, maybe the guys did, leaving open the depressing possibility these are the best gags.
Whatever the "creative" process behind the film, 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. The question is, will this crowd really spend good beer money to watch other people get drunk? They may not be that foolish.
There's roughly a pint of quality comedy rattling around in this keg-sized movie, which fills out the rest of its time by being so cheerfully stupid that those with brains muddled by a few beers or worse (almost a prerequisite) probably won't notice all the foam. The Broken Lizard comedy troupe enjoyed considerable DVD success with Super Troopers, and its latest should find similar vitality in that format after this late-summer theatrical pit stop. Indeed, some scenes and the closing outtakes already feel like little more than a tease for the unrated DVD extras sure to come.
A bad sign for a film is when the critic is already looking at the possibilities of the DVD. Ouch!
Check out both reviews for Beerfest by clicking on the bold links above.