The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Director: Peter Farrelly
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 2.0

In order to support his neighborhood buddies fighting in Vietnam, merchant marine "Chickie" Donohue (Zac Efron) - at the urging of The Colonel (Bill Murray), who runs a bar - sets out to Saigon to bring them "beers from back home" - while in country, he witnesses atrocities being committed (people thrown out of helicopters, villages napalmed, false flag attacks etc.) and it changes his view of the conflict.  Efron has the kind of relentless optimism that makes him a fine lead in this - his "genteel frat bro vibe" shines through - and it's actually based on a true story (as of this writing all the men that were involved are still kickin') but the movie's main purpose, which is shaking Chickie of his gleefulness and making him "aware" that actions the United States government takes abroad aren't always (if ever) "good," doesn't exactly resonate - Farrelly's too much of a goofball to really dig the claws in (although he does praise the work journalists do).  It shouldn't take getting shot at or watching innocents get slaughtered first hand to know war is inherently evil and everything should be done to avoid it.