The Greatest Beer Run Ever


Adventure / Comedy / Drama / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 41%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 444

based on novel or book based on true story 1960s vietnam war beer

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Uploaded by: FREEMAN
September 30, 2022 at 05:13 AM


Top cast

Zac Efron as Chickie Donohue
Russell Crowe as Coates
Bill Murray as The Colonel
Kyle Allen as Bobby Pappas
1.14 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 6 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by AfricanBro 6 / 10

You have to wait it out

I watched this as Monday Mystery Movie at my theatre and I think some people were expecting(hoping) for Amsterdam so when this started playing they sighed in disappointment. Bit harsh.

There's a lot of funny bits spread throughout the movie especially in the beginning. However, unless the Vietnam war means something to you, it's really not as moving in the beginning, it starts with several emotional scenes that assume you already care for the characters or the Vietnamese war itself(as an African, I didn't so much). Also, the acting starts out badly, especially from the sister, and after 'Gold' I thought Zac Efron was picking roles to show his acting abilities beyond just the "pretty boy" roles. For the first hour or so I was really just waiting for whenever the action starts, because it felt like a road trip through a war zone without really understanding the gravity of war as it's seen through Chickie's perspective.

Russell Crowe was by far the stand out in his role and dominated every scene he was in. It's a long movie so as it progresses you start to get more invested in it, not just the beer run but the war; but because it's so long it's almost too little too late, emphasis on almost.

The second half of the movie is much better if you wait it out, with huge intendment on politicians lying to keep their war in good public light. It's however not as moving and generic at the start. Being based on a true story is really what helps the message hold it's weight for the most part, and Efron is probably what's going to attract a lot of viewers.

It could've been better, still a decent movie in the end it just takes too long to find it's stride so it rewards those who wait. Third act of the movie is probably 8/10 for me, much much better towards the end so that might leave you with a more flattering impression than it deserves.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 6 / 10

beer man with a twist

Greetings again from the darkness. "Can I buy you a drink?" A simple phrase that can have a variety of meanings. In 1967, John "Chickie" Donohue did more than buy his buddies a drink. He hand-delivered beer after tracking them down at their military posts during the Vietnam War. Writer-director Peter Farrelly (an Oscar winner for GREEN BOOK, 2018) and co-writers Brian Hayes Currie (also an Oscar winner GREEN BOOK) and Pete Jones (HALL PASS, 2011) tell the story of Chickie's dubious trip to the front lines. His mission was to show the neighborhood boys that folks back home care, and the results proved eye-opening.

Zac Efron plays Chickie Donohue, a Merchant Marine from the Inwood neighborhood of New York City. Chickie is a hard-drinking slacker and kind of a joke to his family and friends. He doesn't really take life seriously and has no perceivable ambition. He is, however, a staunch defender of his country and the military personnel fighting a war that no one seems to be able to define. Especially 'the boys' from the neighborhood ... too many who have died for the cause. One typically "full of hot air" evening at the local tavern where "The Colonel" (Bill Murray) tends bars, hones patriotism, and honors those who (like him) have served in war, Chickie blurts out his intention to head to Vietnam and hand-deliver a beer to each of his buddies stationed there. His drinking cohorts support his idea, yet fully believe this is simply the next thing that Chickie will never follow through on.

To everyone's surprise, and despite pleas from his anti-war sister (played by Andy Serkis' daughter Ruby Ashbourne Serkis), Chickie loads up a duffel bag with dozens of cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and heads out. That seems to be the extent of his plan because he basically has to charm and 'luck' his way through each progressive stop once he has secured a spot on a container ship headed that way. In the film, he secures a 72-hour leave, but in real life, as documented in the memoir written by John "Chick" Donohue and JT Molloy, his journey took almost 8 weeks.

The film plays a bit like a road trip, where Chickie interacts with multiple characters along the way. Some in the military mistake him for undercover CIA, which he uses to his advantage. At a Saigon bar, Chickie debates with war correspondents, including a photojournalist played by Oscar winner Russell Crowe. Chickie questions why they report "only the bad stuff", which is tough on morale back home, while the reporters counter with the defense of only telling the truth. A later part of Chickie's journey finds him in the middle of the Tet Offensive, running for his life with Crowe's character.

Director Farrelly, long celebrated as an iconic comedic filmmaker with his brother Peter, doesn't break any new ground here, but the remarkable true story keeps us watching. In fact, it feels a bit like a war movie from the 1950s ... mostly light, with a well-meaning, charming lead actor with limited range. Songs from the era are included, and the message seems to be that politicians don't always tell the truth (an obvious fact that we live with every day). Chickie's personal post-trip pledge of 'less drinking, more thinking' would be a good direction for many, and Farrelly includes a modern-day photo of Chickie and the boys from the neighborhood over the closing credits. A nice touch.

AppleTV+ on September 23, 2022.

Reviewed by subxerogravity 7 / 10

Indeed, The Greatest Beer Run Ever!

The title alone was enough to get me to come out and see this one. Although not what I was expecting with a title like that, but it was pretty amazing.

Mr. Zac Efron did a fine job telling James "Chickie" Donahue's true story of a man's strange plan to get up and do something by personally going to Vietnam to give all his boys from the block a beer.

It's starts out as a Frat boy style movie but the odd journey he goes though was special. Not sure how true the movie is, but I do know one man cannot carry that many cans of beer in a duffle bag, which I concentrated far too hard on.

It feels like Efron is trying to pull a Mark Walberg with this vehicle. Yes, Russel Crowe and Bill Murray are in this flick, but they are not pulling any weight here. Their parts could have been played by anyone and it was useless to have them in the film, cause it was all about Zac Efron finding the perfect part where he can use his boyish charm to still seem serious, but if he's hoping for an Oscar nod, I think Walberg, who could have killed this role 20 years ago, still has it down packed with Father Stu.

But either way, this movie was funny for those people who love movies featuring Northeasterners being as blue collar as possible while attempting to step out of their environment. I grew up close to Chickie's hood so I'm down.

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