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Visiting Germany during Oktoberfest, Jan and Todd Wolfhouse become the first Americans to see Beerfest ... an underground, Fight Club-esque World Cup of drinking. There, the Wolfhouses are simultaneously humiliated at chugging and scorned with rumors of family history: Was sweet great-grandma (the brilliant Cloris Leachman) a whore? The pair vow to return to next year's Beerfest with a team of college-drinking buds to win one for the U.S. of A. ... and the family's honor. In Beerfest, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe (Super Troopers), under the direction of Jay Chandrasekhar, recreates the pace of the best Abrahams/Zucker comedies in an original setting (the beautiful world of competitive binge drinking). The film combines its dorm-room stoner milieu with references both smart (expressionist jokes and Kraut-flick allusions) and less-so (it bows before Strange Brew), to create a paean to early '80s silly comedy ... complete with some miracle-on-ice patriotism even the most cynical of us can chant, and chug, along with. (JH)

 

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