Strange Brew
Strange Brew (1983)

Purporting to be loosely based on Hamlet, Strange Brew is about an evil braumeister at the Elsinore Brewery who has discovered an additive that when guzzled in beer, allows the drinkers to be easily controlled. Braumeister Smith (Max von… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 19, 1983
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though lowbrow in intent and outcome, Strange Brew effectively mines laughs from its unique premise and likeable stars.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat.

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Fernando F. Croce

Their take on the Bard is as imaginative as any other cinematic adaptation, plus a good deal funnier

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Steve Crum

Clunky booze comedy based on popular Canadian air heads.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

No, there's nothing intelligent here -- just a couple of likable fellows trying to stop mad Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) from gaining control of the world.

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Brad Laidman
Film Threat

There's tons of weird stuff here.

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Rob Vaux

Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch.

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Douglas Pratt

The film celebrates stupidity and would likely have caused an international incident if Canadians weren't so nice, but it essentially lives up to its premise, once in a while coming up with a gag that is halfway funny.

Eric Melin

"Hamlet" done by Canadian drunks! Absolute genius!

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Follow the idiot McKenzie brothers on this incredibly dumb journey, this is a stupid Canadian comedy masterpiece, hoser!
Randy Tippy
There's not quite enough material here to fill a feature length film but Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis stretch it as far as possible. *Inspired the… More
Lucas Martins
A memorable Hamlet adaptation. Great and silly.
David Ladd
While Cheech and Chong were smoking their way through southern California, Bob and Doug McKenzie were drinking it up in the Great White North. It's the… More
Aj V
I love Moranis, but I'm not a big fan of Thomas. Most of the time this movie was fun and really hilarious, but there are some stupid jokes thrown in that… More
Jason Spencer
This is a funny flick but I think it's a little over rated. I'm glad there weren't any more. I think it just would have gotten worse.