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As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.
Tucker decides to take an impromptu trip to celebrate his friend's bachelor party. He drags his friend into a lie with his fiancée, gets him into trouble and then abandons him in order to pursue a hilarious carnal interest. Tucker is disinvited to the wedding, and in order to get back in, Tucker has to find a way to balance his narcissism with the demands of friendship. Written by
At the wedding, Tucker takes the microphone from the best man saying "I'll take it from here Slingblade." Slingblade is the pseudonym used for Drew's character in the book that the movie is based on. See more »
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Exercise is supposed to be good, let's play some hoops.
We have class... That place we pay 35 grand a year to attend between happy hours.
Eh, that place is dumb.
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It's so hard to praise a movie that is shamelessly sexist and gratuitously dirty in its content, but somehow, some conceivable way, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is very funny. It works on a level almost not possible because every character is fully developed, packs in urgency, and is heavy on their wit because of the great writing put behind them.
The novel of the same name was written by Tucker Max, who serves as the main writer on the film. Max literally got famous for being a stuck-up, arrogant narcissist who cares only about himself and never stops to determine the unintended consequences bound to happen from his scenarios. He just does. Never thinks, just does. Something about this character makes for a very, very interesting study and film.
What works is Tucker, played by Matt Czurchy, is not this one-dimensional figure you'd see in an American Pie spin off. He is a smart character who knows how to smart-ass his way in and out of any situation. The way he speaks is not one of an out-of-touch adolescent teenage boasting arrogance, but one of a somewhat intelligent, aware person stuck inside a cocky person's body. His friends aren't one dimensional either. His friend Drew, played by Jesse Bradford, is a flaming misogynist after he caught his girlfriend cheating on him. Here's another character that could've been played with such childish enigma, lacking urgency and acting solely on present emotions. The character instead doesn't come off as shallow but as funny and welcomed. Yes, he goes a bit too far. But who could blame him? We don't tend to rationalize everything when we are in the mood he's in. That makes it somewhat acceptable.
The story is centered around Tucker Max and his quest to give his pal Dan (Stults) a great bachelor party by going to a strip club in Salem where the "no touch" rule is not enforced. Dan is getting married in a matter of days and believes that this trip, much to the dismay of his fiancée, threatens his marriage plans. Tucker doesn't care. He his own goal in mind.
This isn't the typical road trip movie I was led to believe. It's actually a very funny frat-boy comedy. It relies on wittiness rather than antics to carry its story, unlike many films of the same genre. It's very low budget, shot on a mere $7 million. Film grain and under-lit parts are common, but I'd rather have those two elements be present in a good comedy than glossy, HD cameras shooting a carbon copy raunch-fest.
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is charming, although sometimes it goes a bit too far. The jokes about women are a little below the belt, but after reading Max's first two books, that's something I kind of got used to. Some expected the film to document multiple stories from the book. I'd personally rather have one fully developed story than a plethora of underdeveloped vignettes. The story they chose was acceptable and the way they went about it was unexpectedly clever. What else do you want? Starring: Matt Czurchy, Jesse Bradford, and Geoff Stults. Directed by: Bob Gosse.
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