I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This film was created by Gawker's first alternate Douchebag of the Decade, Tucker Max, from his eponymous and phenomenally successful book of autobiographical stories.  You can find several of his stories here, on his home page.

What is Beer in Hell about? A short summation of Tucker's character tells you want to expect from the film. The overview is provided by Tucker himself: "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way. I share my adventures with the world."

The best seller and this film consist of those adventures. I agree completely with Max's self-description above. Tucker Max is a smart, lazy, privileged, and arrogant preppie, a smug frat boy who goes through life acting as kind of an unpaid insult comedian, gratuitously offending everyone he conceives to be beneath him, which means virtually everyone. Since this assessment of Mr. Max is not in dispute, the only item left to discuss is whether his stories are funny, since watching or reading about such anti-social and mean-spirited adventures would serve no purpose if they did not amuse. I suppose Max would disagree with that. He would probably counter that obnoxiousness has its own intrinsic value which exists independent of humor. But I don't buy that, and I've made obnoxious behavior a lifelong pursuit, so I suspect that the average person would disagree even more strongly.

The answer to the original question is that the stories can be funny, but the humor is only sporadic. Some of Max's quips and insults are absolutely brilliant, while others just seem nasty. Here's one I like: "I would fuck you so deep that any man who could pull me out of you would be declared king of England."

The film script had to attempt to pull Tucker's various picaresque anecdotes into a single story. In that tale, Tucker's goal in life is to have sex with every possible kind of legal woman: mute, blind, old, young, small, large ... whatever. At the start of the movie he's nailing a deaf girl. The next item to be ticked off on his checklist is a "midget." In order to pursue a tiny stripper of notoriously questionable virtue, he almost ruins the life of his best friend, who is about to be married. The plot follows him on a Dwarfquest road trip in which he alienates his friend, then attempts a reconciliation. Will he succeed in obtaining forgiveness? Is he even sincere about wanting to?

Who cares?

The key point is that the flick is funny once in a while, but probably not often enough to merit a couple of hours from your life unless you believe that obnoxiousness is always fun to watch, irrespective of whether it contains any wit.


21 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)
26 Metacritic.com (of 100)


4.8 IMDB summary (of 10)
B Yahoo Movies


Box Office Mojo. It grossed only about a million dollars, despite reaching more than 200 theaters. It never reached the Top 25 at any time.



The female nudity is as follows:

  • Cheryl Murphy, aka Bridget Powers, aka "Bridget the Midget," called by Wikipedia "the world's smallest porn star." Here's a hint: she didn't play the deaf girl.
  • Yvette Yates. She did play the deaf girl.
  • Breasts from assorted strippers

The guy who played Tucker Max also showed his butt, if you're scoring at home.


Our Grade:

C- explanation