Strange Brew

Release Date: June 24th, 1992

DVD Release Date: October 1st, 2002

PG |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

In their quest for free beer, bumbling Canadian brothers Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug McKenzie (Dave Thomas) wind up working at the Elsinore Brewery. The hapless lads uncover a sinister mind-control plot spearheaded by Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) and must stop the scheme, which also involves Uncle Claude (Paul Dooley), a member of the Elsinore family. As Bob and Doug try to prevent Smith from taking over the world, they also manage to drink plenty of their favorite sudsy beverage.

Cast: Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley, Lynne Griffin, Angus MacInnes, Tom Harvey, Douglas Campbell

Director: Rick Moranis , Dave Thomas

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Distributors: MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Brother , 1980s , Amusing , Quest , Madcap ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 30
    Time Out

    Here Von Sydow's a rival beer manufacturer hoping to take over the world by drugging his brew, but the plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat. show more

  • 40
    Janet MaslinThe New York Times

    A movie that's barely there. The McKenzies are genial enough, and once in a while they're vaguely funny. But their film is so ephemeral that you may hardly be aware of watching it, even while it's going on. show more

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    At several points, Strange Brew is so unhinged that it works -- when it looks as if Hosehead the skunk/dog will be late for Oktoberfest, he jumps into the air and flies there -- but as Bob and Doug seem to concede in the film's opening, they are simply not interesting enough to carry a movie. Neither is anyone else involved, and there you are: small beer. [29 Aug 1983, p.C6]

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