The greatest sin that “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” commits is not being funny. The first half of the movie is painfully boring. Farrelly doesn’t seem sure how the story begins, and he spends way too much time staging Chickie and his friends back home. When we actually get to Saigon, the film continues at a solemn pace, winding through the story and settling into stale developments almost immediately. Have some laugh: Efron has a natural sense of humor that elevates funny jokes and jokes. The premise is cute, but the material itself doesn’t fit this type of story. The humor feels out of place, and the film has no weight to it because attempts at comedy continually downplay the gravity of the situation. This is a perfect example of how Not to make a comedy movie.
“Message” is not enough and is miserably watered; The “bad” guys are lying politicians and CIA agents, while the soldiers are all good guys who just get caught up in funny situations. Vietnamese are all fifth business to white men, male characters: we must not care about their homes, how conflict is causing the environment, or how many women and children there are. innocent children were burned alive by napalm bombs. What’s most interesting is when Chickie sees corpses on the streets during the film’s climax – but oddly not dozens of scenes before that when he’s on a plane unloading dozens of dead Americans in body bag. This is one of many examples where the needs of the plot determine the actions of the character rather than the motives of the character organically determine his response to the world. In other words, it’s bad writing.
There’s very little care put into the story in “The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” and as a result, the character choices and dialogue feel forced. Too much screen time makes “Chickie do a stupid thing.” For a film that prides itself on being based on a “true story,” it’s a lie from start to finish.
/ Movie rating: 4 out of 10
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