Hey Bartender: movie review

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Hey Bartender: movie review

You’re probably better off heading to an actual watering hole than patronizing Douglas Tirola’s humdrum doc on the art of the cocktail. There are two potentially fascinating subjects here—wounded marine turned rock-star bartender Steve Schneider, of Manhattan’s Employees Only, and salt-of-the-earth Steve Carpentieri, owner of the Connecticut sports pub Dunville’s. But their stories are unfortunately diluted in the poky amalgam of talking heads, glossed-over history about booze culture and the many, many mixed-drink glamour shots that attempt to break up the tedium. It’s unfortunate that a movie about the intoxicating allure of the highest-quality spirits leaves you feeling so stone-cold sober.

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By: Keith Uhlich


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I watched this movie last night, I totally disagree. I found it a great watch, and thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Also, the character Steve is not a "wounded Marine", this makes it sound like he was wounded while on duty overseas. He was hurt in a bar fight in NY. If you didn't pay attention enough to realize this fact of the movie I have to wonder how much attention was payed to the rest of this film. It almost seems like this review was almost a personal response to the director Doug, and not an impartial review of the film????