Strange Brew

Director: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas Year: 1983 Run Time: 90min
Strange Brew (Les aventures de broue) (1983)

A Canadian comedy classic, Strange Brew follows lovable hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie (Moranis and Thomas, respectively) on an epic adventure soaked with beer and filled with doughnuts.

When her father dies suddenly, Pam (Griffin) is orphaned, and control of her family’s brewery threatens to fall into the hands of the conniving Brewmeister Smith (von Sydow). In stumble Bob and Doug, who land jobs as beer inspectors when their scheme involving a mouse in a bottle impresses the brewery brass.

Hilarity ensues as the boys attempt to foil the Brewmeister’s sinister plot to take over the world. Though the film appears at first glance to be a bonehead comedy, it is a deceptively clever farce based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Long before Wayne and Garth or Beavis and Butt-Head, there was Bob and Doug. Canada is proud to call them our own.


Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas


Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Steve De Jarnatt


Louis M. Silverstein


Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Lynne Griffin




English, Dubbed in French


English, French


Strange Brew is filmed and set in Ontario. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas are from Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
PG New Brunswick
PG Newfoundland and Labrador
PG Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
PG Prince Edward Island
G Québec
PG Saskatchewan
PG Yukon