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My sister is who got me into Beer Pong as she played it a ton going to Sonoma State. It's a huge subculture there & my sister had some friends who basically paid for all of the their living expenses by beating people at Beer Pong. I don't really like to drink but if you have even a little skill throwing trash in the garbage from across the room & enjoy it, you can play this. As much fun as it is to play I would say it's almost more fun to watch all the different antics by the players. You use every skill you have whether you're a hot woman w/big breasts or you are extremely loud annoying & can shout insults w/the best of them. Calling this a sport is probably going too far, but no matter what people say, there is a TON of skill involved. Not only do you have to keep making the balls into the cups, you have to be able to keep that skill as you slowly get more and more drunk. This documentary was fun to watch & the personalities involved are what makes this good. You don't have to have any interest in Beer Pong to enjoy this film. Cheers to all & keep on playing as I have a feeling this someday will become an extremely big "sport."
I just saw this at the San Diego Film Festival, and it was great! Much like "The King of Kong," it's a documentary following a handful of social misfits who have latched on to beer pong as their personal passion. The story follows four teams as they meet at the World Series of Beer Pong in rural Nevada, and battle for beer-pong supremacy. Funny, lively, and surprisingly full of heart, this film never takes cheap jabs at its quirky subjects, but genuinely takes an interest in this bizarre (but kind of fun-looking) subculture. Even if you think beer pong is for frat-boy jerks, you'll enjoy this unique little documentary.
There have been very few documentaries that I've found myself able to
sit through without being distracted; Hoop Dreams, Beyond the Matt, An
Inconvenient Truth, and Inside Job being the most notable. I'm not a
beer drinker, and can't say I've ever been a participant in a game of
beer pong. It's with that, that I found myself watching a very, very
well done documentary on the "sport" of beer pong, if you are inclined
to call it one.
For those that are unaware, using WSOBP (World Series of Beer Pong) guidelines, beer pong is a game played on an 8'x2' table with 10 plastic cups set up at each end in a tight pyramid formation with the rims touching and pointing towards the opposite end. 24 ounces of beer or water are to be equally distributed amongst the first 6 cups for consumption, with the back 4 cups being filled with 1/3 water not for consumption. The cups are reformed in the pyramid shape once 6, 3 and then 1 remain. The team with first possession gets 1 shot, and each team thereafter will take 2 shots per turn. There are much more detailed instructions, but these are the main ones.
There are different things needed in order to make a documentary good, and Last Cup provides very interesting characters, taking viewers into the lives of four serious beer pong competitors competing to be the winner of WSOBP II: Jamie "The Champ" Clouser of 'Saddams WMDs', who created a website in which individuals could register to play against him, with first time odds being 10-1 in his favor; Antonio "Tone" Vassiliatos of 'We Own Your Face. Tone, undefeated in preliminary play in the prior year's WSOBP only to lose quickly in the elimination rounds, is large muscled man who is arrogant, blunt, vulgar and confrontational; easily making him the most hated man at the WSOBP; Scott "Iceman" Reck of 'Hummel that Sh!t!'. "Iceman", a big fan of the Milwaukee Brewers earned his moniker by being the guy who fills the ice machine at a local college; and then there's Sean Foster of 'Shawn^2'. Shawn is a computer geek who tracks each shot in his matches, and then studies them afterward with hopes of improving and finding an edge. Director Daniel Lindsay does a great job of providing backgrounds on his key characters, as well as showing them at their weakest moments. The characters are compelling and fascinating, and before you know it you're invested in their ability to succeed. As teams lose you feel the disappointment along with them. The name of the game is to be the last team, out of 246 standing, and to the winner goes the title of World Champion and a check for $20,000.
Last Cup is a must-see for fans of documentaries. As the film goes into greater detail, you can't help but find the game itself interesting. The inaugural WSOBP was held in January of 2006 in Mesquite, NV and won by 'Team France' who took home $10,000 outlasting 82 other teams. Billy Gaines and Duncan Carroll, the creators of the WSOBP, took a drunken party game played at fraternities, house parties and tailgates and turned it into a massive sponsored event that gains over 500 teams entered and awards a prize of $50,000. I think I may need to buy myself a table, some plastic cups and some ping pong balls I'm just not sure I could get past the taste of the beer.
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Just saw this film at the NY United Film Festival and it was great.
Very well done. Beerpong is commonly misconstrued as a drinking game
that college aged kids play just to get drunk. This film really shows
another aspect of the game by showing the ups and downs of competitive
beerpong and how it has evolved into a real sport. As more and more
people are graduating from college, more and more are playing in
tournaments around the country. The film goes to the biggest tournament
there is called the World Series of Beerpong in Mesquite, Nevada. This
is really the first film to put beepong on the map and shows the
popularity and raw competitiveness of the players involved. Great Job
guys, keep up the good work.
More information about the sport of beerpong can be found at www.bpong.com/
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