From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Country music star Toby Keith and musical country comic Rodney Carrington know what their fans like.
The Oklahomans co-wrote and co-starred in “Beer for My Horses,” a good ol’ boy action-comedy that takes its name but not its plot from Keith’s hit 2003 duet with Willie Nelson.
Set (but not filmed) in the Oklahoma hamlet of Mangum, the film follows a pair of sheriff’s deputies, tough guy and ladies man Rack (Keith) and his amiable, bumbling buddy Lonnie (Carrington). Rack’s finds new romance when his old flame Annie (Claire Forlani) moves back to town from the big city.
When Rack and Lonnie bust Mexican drug lord Tito Garza (Greg Serano), the criminal’s vindictive brother Manuel (Carlos Sanz) nabs Annie. He demands that the deputies bring his brother to Mexico and trade Tito for Annie.
Against the orders of the sheriff (Tom Skerritt), Rack, Lonnie and renegade deputy Skunk (Ted Nugent) take a wacky road trip south of the border.
The movie has its entertaining moments and features fun cameos from country music stars Nelson, David Allan Coe and Mel Tillis. But it also is packed with timeworn clichés from buddy-cop movies and road trip comedies.
DVD features: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes, blooper reel, CMT on Set featurette and a promotional video featuring Keith and the Ford Trucks in the movie.