Run time: 126 mins
Writer/director Peter Farrelly follows up the Oscar winning Green Book with another truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale, delivered as an easy to digest romp.
Zac Efron plays John “Chickie” Donahue, a Marine Corps veteran and merchant seaman who is whiling away the days living at his parents’ home in upper Manhattan. It’s 1967, and Chickie hangs out with his pals at the local bar, talking about all the friends they have from the neighbourhood who are fighting in Vietnam. Chickie always makes a point of how much he supports the troops, so does WWII veteran and local bartender played by Bill Murray
To show support for his neighbourhood friends serving, Chickie decides to do something completely outrageous: travel to the Vietnamese frontlines by himself and bring the soldiers a little piece of home — their favourite can of American beer!
The Greatest Beer Run Ever is a silly, yet heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. This is the rare Vietnam film seen from the POV of a civilian, a key reason it works as well as it does.