Sunday, August 27, 2006
Movie Reviews: BEERFEST & SNAKES ON A PLANE
When American brothers Todd and Jan Wolfhouse (Eric Stolhanske and Paul Soter) travel to Germany to spread their grandfather's ashes at Oktoberfest, they stumble upon Beerfest the secret Olympics of beer drinking. The brothers receive a less than warm welcome from their German cousins, the Von Wolfhausens, who cast them out of the event. Vowing to return in a year to defend their family's honor, the Wolfhouse boys assemble a team of beer drinkers for a showdown.
Cast Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan
Director(s) Jay Chandrasekhar
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Comedies, Germany
Release Date Aug. 25, 2006
MPAA Rating R
Beerfest is pretty much what you expect, silly humor making fun of drunken folks and as many cultural stereotypes as possible. Is it funny? Hell yes it is. The Broken Lizard troupe, Super Troopers, has made another funny movie after their miserable previous entries, Club Dredd and The Dukes of Hazzard. This movie is kind of like Dodgeball with beer drinking. Beerfest of one of those movies that you can just sit back and enjoy the general goofiness youre watching on screen, whether it be one of the most random and gratuitous chain reaction nudity scene or someone, eh em, helping a frog achieve a special moment. The only negative to this film is that its a bit too long, nearly 2 hours and not all jokes hit the mark. Still, like a long Friday night, there are more good times than not to be had here.
SNAKES ON A PLANE
An assassin lets a bunch of poisonous snakes loose on a passenger plane in an attempt to kill a witness being shepherded to Los Angeles from Hawaii by an FBI agent (Samuel L. Jackson).
Cast Samuel L. Jackson, Byron Lawson, Kenan Thompson, Rachel Blanchard, Flex Alexander
Director(s) David R. Ellis
Writer(s) John Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez
Status In theaters (wide)
Release Date Aug. 18, 2006
Running Time 105 minutes
MPAA Rating R - for language, a scene of sexuality and drug use, and intense sequences of terror and violence.
Ah Snakes on a Plane, I dont think Ive laughed this hard in a long time. This movie is hilarious and it never takes itself overly seriously which is perfect for this movie. This movie manages to put some of the most ridiculous and downright silly things I can remember seeing on film. The funny part is that for all its general goofiness its an enjoyable movie watching experience. This flick isnt about plot or characters; its about watching some of the best B movie fluff since Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Sam Jackson yells about 60% of his lines but some of the looks he gives during the film are almost as funny as the dialogue. Snakes attack just about every part you can imagine on a human being both male and female, theres gore abound. Snakes on a Plane is just fun to watch and once it gets going its just a joy to experience.