If one were looking for an instructional guide for young men just starting out in the world, you could begin and end your search with Strange Brew
. In this highly informative film, Canadian gentlemen Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, respectively, who also wrote and directed) demonstrate how to make a successful science-fiction film, how to land a job at a brewery, how to woo a woman while suffering from puke breath, how to survive driving a van into a lake and how to handle yourself in both a courtroom and a prison, among many other lessons. The fact that the plot is lifted completely from Shakespeare's Hamlet
cements the film's brilliance; steal from the best and forget the rest is a valuable life lesson, indeed. The Webster Film Series comes full circle by presenting Strange Brew
as part of its Strange Brew program at 8 p.m. this evening at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337 or www.schlafly.com
). Admission is $4, and you can leave the mouse at home. The doorman already knows that trick — he's seen the film as well.
Wed., Feb. 4, 2009