I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell may have single-handedly destroyed my faith in humanity. Not because of what is actually written in the book, but more so that it actually made the New York Time's Bestseller list. The author, Tucker Max describes the book in his own words: "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead."
The entire book is one sordid drunken affair after another. I kept waiting for him to "grow" out of it as I trudged through all 336 pages of this drivel. As each chapter ended, I was waiting for the next one to begin with "but that is all behind me now." I figured this book must be a coming of age story for it sell so well.
Oh how wrong I was. Each tale regals us with sexual encounters, pure arrogance, elitism and copious amounts of alcohol. Tucker Max can't seem to resist letting the world know how great he is. He finds it amusing that he managed to get fired from a huge law firm while interning. He jokes about getting a scholarship to Duke to study law and then not using the degree. I'm sure whichever lawyer had to work three jobs to pay himself through Duke is highly amused.
Reviews were mixed on I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. You can generally tell by the grammar that the people who enjoyed it are probably the people you'd expect to enjoy it. As men, we posture a great deal. It is just in our blood. However, there is a difference between saying what you'd do to a girl and actually doing it. Tucker Max has no problems hiding friends in closets to videotape him having sex or vomiting all over a girl's room and blaming it on her dog. Nor does he have any issue degrading women and generally making an ass of himself. I'm not feminazi, but I do believe women should be respected...even if they don't respect themselves.
I wish I could say that the stories are overexaggerated and most likely complete bullshit, but Tucker provides pictures on his website to back up his claims. He also carries a voice recorder with him everywhere he goes. Ultimately, I find this extremely depressing. He sounds like an intelligent man that could've done something with his life. Now, he is destined to be the old creepy guy in the corner of the bar complaining about the "days of yore" and randomly gropping freshmen.
EDIT: On a sidenote, I'm astounded that they are actually making this into a movie. I don't even think you could get away with giving this movie an NC-17 rating.