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Hundreds of Beavers Cinema Review*****

Cert 12 | 108 mins | 2024

5 star, brilliantly bonkers beavers.

Hundreds of Beavers is a 2024 American slapstick comedy film, written by Mike Cheslik, who also makes his very impressive feature directorial debut and Rylan Brickson Cole Tews, who also stars.

Following it’s hugely successful festival circuit, it is showing in UK cinemas from 9th July 2024, courtesy of Lightbulb Film Distribution.

Jean Kayak (Rylan Brickson Cole Tews) is an Applejack salesmen living in the wilds who is more fond of sampling his wares than actually selling them. His idyllic Applejack soaked existence is thrown into turmoil one day, when beavers gnaw through the supports on his barrels and his whole operation is lost.

Alone and with no idea how to survive, he sets about learning everything the hardest way possible, with hilarious consequences. Eventually, he learns that he can exchange animal pelts for useful survival tools, with the local merchant (Doug Mancheski – Appleton), who also happens to have a beautiful but naughty daughter, The Furrier (Olivia Graves – Hunt Her, Kill Her).

He meets The Master Fur Trapper (Wes Tank – StoryRaps) and the Indian Fur Trapper (Luis Rico – Blame), both of whom help him to learn the techniques he needs to hone his craft, defeat the beavers and get the girl. But can he get one over on the wily racoons and evil wolves in order to reach his goal?

“If you want to marry my daughter…You can’t! Unless… you bring me..Hundreds of Beavers”

Hundreds of Beavers is an absolutely hilarious film. It is a silent black and white film, which relies purely on good old fashioned storytelling techniques, namely slapstick and toilet humour, as well as lots of running gags. All of the animals are portrayed by humans in suits and I reckon almost all of them were hurt in the making of the film!

It’s completely crazy from start to finish, but in a good way. It’s laugh out loud funny and you will need to bring a basket with you to put all the Easter eggs in, it will need watching several times to find them all. It references films and video games from lots of eras and then takes the mickey out of them. Genius. The sheer amount of fur fabric required for the costumes is also a bit mind blowing, there’s an awful lot of extras involved.

This is most definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but it went down a storm in our house, no-one moved, ate, drank, or did anything other than laugh for the entire duration of the film, not something any other comedy has ever achieved.

Brilliant and well worth a trip to the cinema. Grab your popcorn and have a blast.

Hundreds of Beavers is in UK cinemas from 9th July 2024.

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DirectorMike Cheslik
GenreAction, adventure, comedy
StarringRyland Brickson Cole Tews, Doug Mancheski, Olivia Graves, Wes Tank
Category: Cinema, film, Review, Silent