Thursday, January 28, 2010

Review: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell

A couple years ago, my brother MPR sent me an email recommending I read Tucker Max's "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell." It definitely has some hilarious moments. However, what makes you laugh in print can make you cringe in real life.

Tucker Max is a douchebag - the way he talks to people would get him repeatedly pummelled. Everyone is too clever by half, spouting overconstructed lines like an Bonaroo asshat Gilmore Girls. Nobody talks like that in real life - especially douchebags. They just talk like douchebags.

The film version is a huge departure from the book. All the hilarious vignettes are scrapped for what is meant to be a redemptive arc of Tucker (and his friends) finding out what's really important in life. There are long stretches where the Tucker character disappears completely.

Ugh. It's like making a movie of the New Testament where Jesus only appears for a few minutes, and at the end he retires to a villa in Cancun.

Stick with the book. This movie reeks more than the final toilet-clogging sequence.

Final Ranking: 1 Popped Collar (out of 5)

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