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Beerfest

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Source: Catholic News Service

Mindless and crude comedy about two brothers (Erik Stolhanske and Paul Soter) who, together with some beer-guzzling friends (Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Jay Chandrasekhar, who also directs) travel to Germany to compete in an underground beer-drinking Olympics against a German team consisting of a rival branch of their family. The title says it all, as the insufferably adolescent plot is just a pole for the foulmouthed frat-house humor which is vulgar, unfunny and irresponsible. Pervasive crass and sexual humor, lewd sight gags and innuendo, much reckless drinking, a couple of racy sex scenes with partial nudity, as well as some unrelated partial nudity, comic violence, some irreverent humor, a suicide, drug content, excessive rough and crude language and some profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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