Monday, May 30, 2011

Movie of the Week

This week,

KINGPIN (1996)

Starring- Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel

Other than the classic, Dumb and Dumber, this is the best movie that the Farrelly brothers have ever done. It follows the rise and fall of bowler, Roy Munson (Harrelson) who after winning the state bowling title loses his hand and becomes a degenerate drunk with a hook. He is at rock bottom when he discovers an Amish kid named Ishmael (Quaid) with the bowling talent to put Roy back on top.

After having to convince Ishmael to leave his Amish community to go to the National Bowling Tournament in Reno, Roy must teach him how to be great in order to win. Roy just has to remember how to do that. Along the way to Reno they try to earn some money by hustling, but run afoul of some dubious ruffians and pick up the girlfriend of their leader, Claudia. She proves to be a sexy, but unpredictable wild card for the two men. When they finally get to Reno Roy and Co. meet up with his former rival, Ernie "Big Ern" McCracken, the one responsible for the loss of Roy's hand. Ernie is now the Michael Jordan of bowling, and takes every opportunity to slight Munson and Ishmael.

The finale of the movie is up there with Caddyshack and Major League in terms of drama and hilarity. Big Ern's duel with Roy is a combover mussing, thrill ride that is howlingly funny. The cast of Kingpin is sterling, but the real kudos must go to Bill Murray as Big Ern. He is the comedy villain that you love to hate, and quote his lines. For those who enjoy gross out humor and sports, Kingpin is going to be on your top five list.

Things to Watch for-

Roger Clemens in a rare cameo
The landlady

"It's a small world when you have unbelievable tits, Roy."

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