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Film: Beer Fest
Beerfest is a 2006 film from comedy troupe Broken Lizard. It's probably best described as an Affectionate Parody of sports movies that uses cultural and National Stereotypes to a ridiculous extent.

The plot of the movie revolves around brothers Jan and Todd Wolfhouse, whose German grandfather has just passed away. Charged with the task of bringing his ashes to the "family resting place" in Munich during Oktoberfest, they end up discovering Beerfest, a secret underground drinking competition. Beerfest is presided over by Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen, braumeister of the Von Wolfhausen brewery. He is furious at Jan and Todd's late grandfather for purportedly stealing his family's beer recipe, "the greatest in all the world," calling him a "thieving stable boy" and "bastard son of a whore." Americans are banned from Beerfest, and as Jan and Todd try to state their right to be there, they are handily beaten in an impromptu speed chug competition by the German team. After suffering humiliation at the hands of the von Wolfhausens, they return home with the intent to return to Beerfest with the first American team—and kick the Germans' asses.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Actor Allusion: Baron von Wolfhausen (Jurgen Prochnow) had a bad experience on a U-Boat. And, of course it's hammered home with the glass boot itself.
  • The Alcoholic: Virtually everybody in this movie. The film even opens with a disclaimer warning the viewer not to attempt to drink like the characters.
    "...If you attempt to drink the amount of beer the characters do in this film, YOU WILL DIE."
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Surprisingly averted, although Fink (who is Jewish) is convinced to join the drinking team after hearing that their biggest rivals will be the Germans.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Disaster Dominoes turns the entire crowd against them when a little boy on stage is injured and started crying.
  • Avengers Assemble: Putting the American team together.
  • Backup Twin: Played for Laughs. When Phil "Landfill" is assassinated, his identical twin brother Gil shows up to the funeral, and ends up getting Landfill's nickname, his spot on the team...and even his wife. It is even lampshaded by the other team members who notice that it is as if Phil hadn't died in the first place.
  • Bait and Switch: The plans for the Wolfhausen recipe are stolen by Cherry, but it turns out that she merely stole a prototypical recipe for "a new low-carb strawberry ale. It's... okay."
  • Berserk Button: A badly timed insult from the German team during the final event taps some epic "Jew Rage."
    • "I happen to have MARRIED that plastic fuck doll!"
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The man Jan is gambling over quarters with in the beginning of the movie and gets his men to hold him down to beat the shit out of Jan, he's the minister who is residing over Johann's funeral.
  • Big Game: Beerfest itself.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cherry.
  • Butt Monkey: Fink.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Johann Wolfhouse's beloved doll Popo, which turns out to be the hiding place for the von Wolfhausen beer recipe.
  • Congruent Memory: Fink's theory of "Drunken Recall," which is used on Todd (by having him chug an entire bottle of Goldschläger generic gold-flecked liqueur) so that they can find the entrance to Beerfest.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Cherry pushes Landfill into a vat of beer, where he ultimately drowns.
  • Culture Equals Costume: Every single team at Beerfest. The German team wears lederhosen, the Mexican team dress like ranch hands, the Canadian team wears hockey uniforms, and the Swedesh team is made up entirely of hot blonde women wearing ski vests.
    • Fink during the course of the entire film (with his ever-changing wardrobe of yarmulkes).
  • David Versus Goliath
  • Denying the Dead Parent's Sins: Jan and Todd get pissed at the Germans for saying their granfather stole a recipe for the greatest beer in the world. Not only did he indeed steal it, but he was actually the rightful heir, which means so are they.
  • Depraved Homosexual: The gay prostitute who hangs out with Barry and aggressively hits on Fink.
  • Deus ex Machina: How they replace Landfill after he is murdered - he just happens to have a twin brother who is better than him at everything, including drinking and sex.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Jan and Todd's initial arrival to Oktoberfest.
  • Don't Try This at Home: The start of the movie warns of over-drinking and not to recreate what the actors are doing. Indeed, most of the "beer" in the movie was non-alcholic.
  • Double Entendre: GamGam gets a lot of these after Wolfgang tells the boys she was a whore.
  • The Dragon: Cherry is this to the Germans.
  • Drunken Master: Barry is much better at drinking games when drunk
  • Eagleland: So, so much.
  • Eureka Moment: Fink discovers the secret to beating the Boot at a bathroom urinal.
  • Fake German: The three von Wolfhausen boys (all Americans) as well as the emcee (British).
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Landfill runs a carnival booth now. And Barry? "It's $10 for a BJ, $12 for an HJ, $15 for a ZJ..."
  • Fanservice Extra: At Oktoberfest when a bar fight causes a guy to slip and grab onto the tube top of the nearest girl. Newly stripped girl slips herself, grabs onto the tops of two other girls, and strips them. And then those two girls slip, and pull down the tops of the three girls behind them. A chain reaction of 6 uncredited topless blonde Fanservice Extras that has the men at Oktoberfest—as well as the male audience—cheering at each stage. Pure Fanservice all the way.
  • Freestate Amsterdam
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: GamGam is a very sweet old lady who was a prostitute in her youth.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Landfill, who is said to have converted to Islam while in jail, regularly imbibes alcohol and ingests pork products. Maybe he's just not that devout.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: "We're not that drunk."
  • I Never
  • I Was Quite a Looker: GamGam, who was a beautiful young Bavarian whore.
  • Killed Off for Real: Landfill
  • Miracle Rally
  • Noodle Incident: A lot of them, including the Z-job (if you have to ask, you can't afford it).
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: When Barry wakes up in the field. Naked. With blood on his lips. Next to an eviscerated deer.
  • Oktoberfest
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Germans.
  • Playing Against Type: Steve Lemme's character in this movie is the exact opposite of most of his other Broken Lizard roles, personality-wise.
  • Plot Hole: Never during any of the Das Boot challenges are the Germans seen having to turn the boot at the right moment.
    • Fridge Brilliance: Of course not. It's supposed to be the trick the American team figures out to get an edge over them.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The American team. Oh so much.
    • To give you an idea, one of their members is a homeless male prostitute.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Sequel Hook: Willie Nelson invites the guys to be his teammates at "Pot Fest."
  • Serious Business: Those who don't obey the rules of Beerfest tend to get shot.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Upon learning that the Americans know the recipe to their beer, Baron von Wolfhausen orders the delivery boy to be disposed of immediately. The grandsons shove hoses down his throat, in his ears, and up his nose, and tap the keg.
  • Shout-Out: Baron von Wolfhausen had a bad experience on a U-Boat once.
    • Not to mention the "Das Boot" competition itself.
    • There are also a number of veiled or not-so-veiled references to lines from Super Troopers, usually delivered by the same actor. The most obvious is probably Landfill asking for "six Schnitzes."
      • The German techno music from Super Troopers is heard during the scene where the Germans are training.
    • The "You do not talk about Beerfest" rule is also a shout-out to Fight Club.
  • Stealth Pun: Schnitzengiggle, the Wolfhouses' restaurant and beer.
  • A Tankard of Moose Urine: The American team desensitizes their taste buds via actual ram's piss.
  • Tar and Feathers: Cloris Leachman's character and her son are tarred and feathered in turn of the century Germany.
  • Theme Naming: Hammacher and Schlemmer, named after a Sharper Image-type store that deals in high-end gadgetry.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Fink near the end.
  • Training from Hell: Par for the course for the Germans, but then self-inflicted by the new Team USA. How intense could it be? Both teams actually drank ram's piss.
    Barry Badrinath: (after drinking Ram's piss) "Oh man, that's the most disgusting thing I've ever drank."
    Landfill: "I doubt that very much, playboy!"
  • TV Genius: Fink, who goes so far as to develop a scientific approach to drinking.
    • All There in the Manual: The segment explaining "Fink's Position," used by all of the American team during the final line chug, didn't make it into the final cut of the film. It's included as a deleted scene on the DVD, however.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Landfill, despite being an overweight competitive eater, has a very attractive wife.
  • Underdogs Never Lose
  • The Unintelligible: The English team (not British, as there's a separate Scottish team) is painted this way, with their use of Cockney rhyming slang. If you actually know Cockney, however, you can understand them perfectly.
  • Wild Teen Party: The American team attends one of these to brush up on their drinking game skills.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Baron has Cherry executed when it's revealed that she stole the wrong beer recipe.
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