THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER is based on a true story that is bonkers and crazy. It can be summed up in four words… “drink less and think more.” 

The film is based around a New York neighborhood, the Vietnam War, and how to bring positive, appreciative thoughts to the boys fighting a war that many thought was unnecessary. “Hey, hey, LBJ. How many kids can you kill today?” Two definitive points of view were clashing and caused chaos among the people of America. 

What made THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER work so well was the acting skills of the ensemble, which includes Chickie (Zac Efron), Arthur (Russel Crowe), Rick (Jake Picking), and The Colonel (Bill Murray). The stark reality of war was eye-opening. There were moments of heavy discussions about the politics of being in a country that did not want the troops there. The power of the CIA, a man called Oklahoma, and no man’s land were compelling. My heart broke over and over for this period in our history. It was tough making the right choices in 1968. We were so naive. I had a boyfriend who was drafted. These were scary times, not knowing if he would come home in one piece. 

The only problem with this movie was the length. It had a great first and second act, but by the final scenes, the editors could have moved it along faster. We got the point. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER. It took me back to a turbulent time when none of us knew which side was right. I remember watching the news every night about the Vietnam War. It was our “viewing pleasure” with dinner. I hope we never forget the horror. Our Vets will always deserve a beer from home. 

THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER is available to stream on Apple TV+. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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