The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew
Release year: 1983
Director: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas
Screenwriter: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas
Starring: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley, Lynne Griffin, Angus McInnes, Tom Harvey, Douglas Campbell
Canadian brother Doug (Thomas) and Bob (Moranis) almost accidentally gets jobs at the Elsinore Brewery. Unknowingly they get in the way of the evil plot of Brewmeister Smith (von Sydow).
Canadian comedy Strange Brew starts out incredibly silly, almost like a poor man’s version of Wayne’s World (1992) (but since it is earlier, perhaps it inspired the movie?) before moving on to a more regular, yet still silly comedy style. The directorial debut of Thomas (Conedheads, 1993) and the only movie directed by Moranis (Little Shop of Horrors, 1986), as well as his feature film debut, Strange Brew is based on the Second City Television characters Bob and Doug McKenzie and are (very) loosely based on Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. The surrealistic nuttiness of the movie is hit and miss and often you will feel it goes way to far to be funny, five minutes later you catch yourself unwillingly giggling or even laughing. Definitely a required taste, but fans of Second City Television and Saturday Night Life will be amused by this cult comedy.
Before filming, all of the major breweries wanted the McKenzie brothers to appear in beer advertisements. The filmmakers had the promise of Molson’s Brewery, but once the brewery found out that there was a joke in the film about putting a mouse in a beer bottle so that a complaint can be made in order to get free beer, they distanced themselves from the film.
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