ABC Film Challenge – Kingpin (1996)

This review is part of the Monthly ABC Film Challenge over at Movie Reviews 101.

This month’s theme is Sports Films

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“Just because you’re familiar with the missionary position doesn’t make you a missionary.” – Roy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A former star bowler gets another chance decades later when he meets a prodigy who might be able to help him win the jackpot at a National Tournament.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I heard about when it came out but it never really interested me.

Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy movies by the Farrelly Brothers more and have had it on my watchlist, yet still never bumped it up for some reason.

This month’s theme gave me a chance to finally check it out.

The film has a great cast that is able to keep these very annoying characters interesting throughout.

Woody Harrelson does a wonderful job with his character and keeps him sympathetic in all that occurs.

Bill Murray is superb in this film and the fact that he supposedly ad-libbed most of his lines helps make some of his scenes even funnier to take in.

Randy Quaid is the one mis-step here because he just doesn’t fit with this character at all and that makes the scenes involving his character seem even more distant and unrealistic.

The Farrelly Brothers make some of them very over the top in all that they do, yet, the viewer still feels the need and urge to root for them along the way.

The bowling scenes are shot really well and they find ways to make them look even more exciting and thrilling as the tension rises each time over and over.

Some of the scenes come across a bit too heavy handed and that does drag it down a bit.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the Farrelly brothers, they didn’t initially take Lin Shaye (The Landlady) seriously, after having already cast her in a small role in Dumb and Dumber (1994) at the suggestion of New Line Cinema studio executive Robert Shaye. However, when she came into read for this movie, she was mistaken for a homeless person looking for an ashtray. They politely tried getting her out until realizing it was her, in character, for the reading. The Farrellys were blown away and didn’t see anyone else for the role. Shaye subsequently appeared in more of their films thereafter. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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