Strange Brew
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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 Sydow) has a plan to take over the world with his new brew, and only the Great White hosers of the North, Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) -- with their plaid shirts, ski toques, fur-lined parkas, and addiction to beer -- can stop the dastardly plan, sober or not. There are several jabs at "hoseheads" and the business of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Their take on the Bard is as imaginative as any other cinematic adaptation, plus a good deal funnier"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Clunky booze comedy based on popular Canadian air heads."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Just odd enough to skate by; you remember the singular tone of the film long after the gags have faded."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Strange Brew, incidental and faintly funny as it may be, was the start of a legacy much longer and significant than itself."
‑ Kevin Smokler,
"The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's tons of weird stuff here."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Brilliant. Stupid...but brilliant."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"I laughed so hard the bullet flew out of my nose."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"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."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
""Hamlet" done by Canadian drunks! Absolute genius!"
‑ Eric Melin,
"[A] funny movie about a couple of Canadians who sit around and drink a lot."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"One of the greatest beer movies of all time!"
‑ John Venable,
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