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Strange Brew

Strange Brew
Strange Brew
Strange Brew
  • PG
  • 1h 30m
  • 1983
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SCTV alum Rick Moranis ("The Little Shop of Horrors," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") and Dave Thomas portray the classic Canadian beer-guzzling duo, the MacKenzie Brothers, as they try to stop a mad beer brewer from gaining control of the world. Co-starring Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Max von Sydow ("The Exorcist") and Paul Dooley ("Breaking Away," "Runaway Bride"). Outrageous fun loosely based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
© 1983 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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

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Common Sense Says
Classic '80s send-up of Canada; lots of beer drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Strange Brew is a classic 1983 comedy in which Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas from SCTV bring their beloved Canadian "hosers," the McKenzie Brothers, to the silver screen. As the title implies, beer plays a big part in this movie. The brothers' lives seem to be centered around beer, and much of the movie takes place inside a brewery. In one scene, they even fill their dog's water dish with beer. Occasional profanity includes "s--t," "damn," "hell," "sucks," and "balls." Lots of humor is centered on flatulence and urination. The brothers call each other names like "hoser," "hosehead," and "knob"-- these and catchphrases such as "Take off, eh!" and "How's it goin', eh?" are memorable and easily appropriated by impressionable younger viewers looking for new/old insults and phrases. It might be worthwhile to talk about stereotyping; these toque-wearing, back-bacon eating, beer-swilling characters were created by Moranis and Thomas in response to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's demand that the SCTV television program devote a portion of each show to "Canadian content."

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:August 26, 1983
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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