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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.
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Critics Consensus: Though lowbrow in intent and outcome, Strange Brew effectively mines laughs from its unique premise and likeable stars.
The plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat.
June 21, 2017
New York Times
The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one.
June 21, 2017
Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch.
June 22, 2017
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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."
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- Release Date:August 26, 1983
- Audio Format:Stereo
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