A Day At The Movies/ Reading Is FUNdamental: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell

I read the book, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, this past summer.  I got it in a Border’s while on the way to spend time with my extended family in Savannah, Georgia.  I had seen the book before, and had heard an insane review from my friend, Eileen, a while back, so I decided that I would read it for myself.  So, for my hours in the car, I read the book.  And it was CRAZY!  And the worst/best part of it all was that the stories in the book are supposedly true.  Yes, all factual!  Which infinitely ups the wildness factor.  The book is a compilation of the wild stories of a man by the name of Tucker Max, and the stories are all told from his perspective.  Through much of the book he is a Duke law student, who although seemingly brilliant, spends most of his time getting into trouble, while still maintaining a solid GPA.  The book is full of stories of his absolutely insane sexual antics, hilariously gross drinking stories, and just general absurdity.  Not my favorite book of all time, but worth a read, and extremely entertaining.  And the format of the book, a bunch of short stories ranging in length from one to about twenty pages, keeps you reading.  I kept saying to myself, ‘one more story, one more story!’  A disturbing gross, but unique and brilliant page turner.  Last night, I somehow got the opportunity to watch the film made from the book.   On the cover of the book for a while, it has mentioned that the movie was coming out soon, so since I read the book, I’ve been waiting for that to happen.  Well, apparently, it came out!  It was sitting in my friend’s dorm room. I guess it had been borrowed from someone else.  As soon as my soccer teammate, Nick, who’s also read the book, and I saw it we knew it had to be watched instantly!  So we popped it in, and sat down to watch.  Okay.  The movie is way different than the book.  The book doesn’t really have any single thread that runs through it connecting the stories, but this is what they attempted to do with the movie.  So obviously, they were fundamentally different.  A few of the major stories were worked into film, but it’s disappointing if you know all of the stories, big and small from the book and you don’t get to see them on screen.  So, my verdict for the movie is that it will be better to you if you have not read the book.  But if you’ve read the book in the past and want to see the crazy stories played out in live action for you, you will undoubtedly be at least somewhat dissatisfied.  But any one should be able to at least somewhat enjoy the movie…as long as you don’t get too offended!  Click the image of the book cover above to link to Tucker Max’s official website, where he has a bunch of the stories from the book, along with a bunch of pictures, a link to the movie website, and miscellaneous odds and ends.

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1 Response to A Day At The Movies/ Reading Is FUNdamental: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell

  1. Nick says:

    Im going to have to agree with what you said about the movie. I thought it wasn’t a bad movie, it just wasn’t the book. The book is where its at.

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