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      Kingpin

      PG-13 Released Jul 4, 1996 1h 53m Comedy TRAILER for Kingpin: Trailer 1 List Kingpin: Trailer 1 Kingpin: Trailer 1 1:19 View more videos
      49% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 69% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson) is a young bowler with a promising career ahead of him until a disreputable colleague, Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray), tricks him into participating in a con game that ends with Roy's bowling hand crippled for life. Years later, Roy ekes out a hardscrabble existence until he discovers Amish bowling phenom Ishmael (Randy Quaid). With the help of a gangser's girlfriend (Vanessa Angel), he plots to take Ishmael to the top of the bowling world. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Kingpin has its moments, but they're often offset by an eagerness to descend into vulgar mean-spiritedness.

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader This bad-taste comedy about bowling champs, from the dudes who brought you Dumb and Dumber, decides to go scummy and scummier by blatantly ripping off several scenes... Jun 14, 2022 Full Review Scott Tobias The Dissolve Kingpin makes inspired comedy by channeling the Weber spirit-and the humble reality of the circuit-through the frame of an inspirational sports movie. Rated: 4/5 Oct 22, 2014 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: D Sep 7, 2011 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a pervasively uneven comedy that just isn't able to overcome its various deficiencies... Rated: 2/4 Nov 18, 2014 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing It's Bill Murray who easily swipes the picture -- he's at his unctuous best as Ernie McCracken, an oily bowler with an ego as enormous as his libido. Rated: 3/4 Nov 9, 2014 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) The combination of the overkill factor and a basic mean-spiritedness finally sinks it for me. Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 10, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Tibor F This movie is not something absolutely brilliant, but does a decent job keeping you interested. The story evolves sufficiently, the characters are interesting enough, actors are good, the hottie is hot, and there are some good laughs. I mean, what else do you expect from a comedy? I expected way worse after reading some reviews, and I was pleasantly surprised. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/25/24 Full Review Audience Member I ended up enjoying this and also wanting to go out and bowl myself! While some of the humor is subtle and quick, it really does work. Everyone in the film did great with their roles and performed wonderfully (Bill Murray, Randy Quaid, Woody Harrelson, and Vanessa Angel). This film may have nothing on the Big Lebowski (one of my all time favorite comedies that also had bowling in it) but it still largely felt original and clever. The story took unexpected turns and twists, especially at the end. Movies like this aren't made anymore and maybe they shouldn't be, they should be cherished for what/when they are! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/23/24 Full Review Rick M This movie is one of those comedies that has some funny memorable scenes that stick with you, Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, and Randy Quaid play their characters to perfections. If you like quirky comedy it’s definitely worth watching. Other movies I’d compare this to are Anchorman and Tropic Thunder. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/19/24 Full Review Richmond B Kingpin is a classic and does not get the praise that it deserves. Is it a bit edgy? Yes, but that's what makes it so great. it's a comedy about the armature and professional bowling scene and it does have some, somewhat dark moments but so does life. Great movie would highly recommend it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/24 Full Review Alec B One of the Farrelly brothers' best comedies, full of wonderfully bizarre gags and hilarious performances. Despite not writing the original screenplay you can easily see how they morphed it into something that bares all their hallmarks (crude and occasionally mean spirited humor that's offset by a sincere demand for the audience to love the characters). Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/13/23 Full Review Harry H Silly, sophomoric and juvenile and funny as hell! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson) is a young bowler with a promising career ahead of him until a disreputable colleague, Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray), tricks him into participating in a con game that ends with Roy's bowling hand crippled for life. Years later, Roy ekes out a hardscrabble existence until he discovers Amish bowling phenom Ishmael (Randy Quaid). With the help of a gangser's girlfriend (Vanessa Angel), he plots to take Ishmael to the top of the bowling world.
      Director
      Robert Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
      Producer
      Steven Stabler, Bradley Thomas, Brad Krevoy
      Screenwriter
      Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Rysher Entertainment, Motion Picture Corporation of America
      Rating
      PG-13 (Crude Sex-Related Humor|A Drug Scene)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 4, 1996, Original
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Jul 26, 1996
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 14, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $25.0M
      Runtime
      1h 53m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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