Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Movie review: Kingpin

When a handless bowler, an Amish bowling prodigy, and a seasoned con artist collide the result is a bowling tournament.

Woody Harrelson (Roy Munson), Randy Quaid (Ishmael), Banessa Angel (Claudia), Bill Murray (Ernie), Chris Elliott (The Gambler), Lin Shaye (Landlady), William Jordan (Mr. Boorg), Zen Gesner (Thomas).

Kingpin begins with some backstory, character introductions, and a few laughs. As things begin to careen crazily the plot starts to develop as more laughs are delivered. The story finally comes together in the end with a slew of laughs and plot finish that most will see coming well ahead of time. Though as with comedies like this, the ending means a lot less than the journey.

Acting was surprisingly good with Harrelson once again doing a great job in a comedic role. Quaid showed he still has the chops and is willing to go the distance. Nicely done. Murray was another great choice and delivered well as always. Shaye… absolutely hysterical. The remainder of the cast was solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were mild but enjoyable and fitting. Action scenes, such as they were, used good physical humor with dialogue. Dialogue was good with some nice laughs and only a light sprinkle of drama. Sound and soundtrack were enjoyable.

Kingpin is a surprisingly light and fun comedy that doesn't take itself, or the audience, too seriously. The laughs are decent, the plot almost realistic, and technical work good. Those who enjoyed the campy comedies of the 80's should enjoy this one.

With some adult humor and sexual references, mild violence, and foul language this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 1996
Reviewed: 10.31.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Sports Satire, Satire

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