Kingpin

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6.91 h 53 min1996X-RayR
A star bowler (Woody Harelson) whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.
Directors
Peter FarrellyBobby Farrelly
Starring
Woody HarrelsonRandy QuaidBill Murray
Genres
ComedyYoung Adult Audience
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Chris ElliottRichard TysonLin ShayeVanessa AngelRichard TysonWillie Garson
Producers
Brad KrevoySteven StablerBradley Thomas
Studio
Paramount
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2287 global ratings

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John WernerReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
So Good It Elevates Politically Incorrect Comedy To Shakespearian Levels
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If there is a category for college alternative movies, like music, I nominate the Farrelly Brothers. They’re just “off” enough that their humor while often silly is whip-smart wicked funny. That means these guys are deftly talented. They can take liberties that in lesser hands would likely fall flat even being offensive. Instead they masterfully manipulate stupid and offensive into hilarious comedy as their debut with Dumb and Dumber hit big proving. So here we have a similar formula of two uncool guys on a wacky adventure Smartly, however, they are not even close in disposition and are serendipitously brought together by the most uncool sport on planet earth: professional bowling. These little differences make King Pin a superior film to the mega-successful Dumb & Dumber.

In King Pin amidst all of the possibly sharply barbed satire there is a real heart of humanity. It hovers at different times and makes an excellent sum in the unexpected ending. I always love the Farrelly Brothers pop music sound tracks and it’s excellent here. They often weave in overlooked gems that are so cool and well placed. When a soundtrack elevates the proceedings it actually affects the storyline masterfully. Speaking of masterfully. Woody Harrelson plays his role of Munson so well it appears we’re seeing an actual person as the actor melts into the part. It is exceptional to do this with the portrayal of a downer character playing comedy wrapped in equal parts spiraling down and barely hanging on all the while retaining a sliver of hope. Munson as a character does all this for which you can’t help love the loser. What’s a loser without an evil foil? That is provided in superlative fashion by none other than the slimy comedic excellence of Bill Murray as profession bowling’s reining kingpin “Big Ern”. I simply cannot imagine this working so well without Bill Murray’s role. He’s an absolutely perfect slime ball. Then there’s the glue which binds these character’s together and it’s Randy Quaid. Quaid playing the Amish “kid” turns in one of his finest portrayals of a character, ever. Whatever happened to him in later life he had acting chops to play an utterly ridiculous role and do so in such a natural way it seems, again, that the actor faded into a very real misfit. Vanessa Angel as the femme fatale is so right her unlikely pairing with Munson and “The Kid” never feels wrong in spite of it being wholly unthinkable. What’s happening here? It’s a mini-masterpiece of left-field comedy is what. This is one wickedly intelligent raucously funny movie.
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DOOMJESUSReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
LOOKS REAL GOOD...
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CONCERNING THE BLU RAY DISK THAT IS CURRENTLY ON OFFER:
THIS APPEARS TO BE PRESENTED IN IT'S ORIGINAL FORMAT. YOU WOULD NEED AN EXTRA WIDE SCREEN TV TO RENDER THIS VIDEO WITHOUT A LETTER-BOX. BUT THE IMAGE TRANSLATES VERY WELL TO A 2160P OR 1080P SCREEN, NONETHELESS. THE VIDEO IMAGE IS CRISP AND FINE, COLORS ARE GREAT, AUDIO IS FINE. NO SONGS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN OMITTED FROM THE SOUNDTRACK BUT I'M NO EXPERT. REALLY NICE TO SEE THE ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO HAS BEEN PRESERVED ON THIS DISK. IT ALSO CONTAINS A FEW EXTRAS. I'D CALL THIS ONE DEFINITIVE, FOR NOW. I DOUBT WE'LL EVER SEE A 4K UHD RELEASE OF THIS ONE BUT YOU NEVER KNOW. AREN'T YOU GLAD THAT i TOLD YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PRODUCT INSTEAD OF REVIEWING THE TWENTY FIVE YEAR OLD MOVIE OR COMPLAINING ABOUT THE SHIPPING? LOL
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious over the top comedy by the Farrelly brothers
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Kingpin was another goofy film by the Farrelly brothers. It stared Woody Harrelson as Roy Munson a young bowling star who eventually loses his hand trying to hustle people. He becomes synonymous with failure. His nemesis is Big Ern McCracken played by Bill Murray who has all the fame and prestige that Munson wants, and rubs his nose in it as well. The story revolves around whether Munson can find redemption in the bowling world. To do that he backs a young bowler named Ishmael (Randy Quaid) who happens to be Amish.

The Farrelly’s played the plot for everything it was worth. When Munson was successful he had a full head of hair. When he’s down and out he’s balding with a horrible comb over. Munson has to pose as an Amish to talk to Ishmael and does all kinds of ridiculous things like cut off the hooves of a horse when he’s told to change its horseshoes. Of course they push the limits as well sometimes like when Munson has to sleep with his old alcoholic land lady to cover his rent or when Ishmael tries to go poo in a urinal.

Who really steals the show however is Bill Murray. McCracken is a total sleaze bag. He’s got an even bigger comb over than Munson, and does charity work by sponsoring a fatherless family with a hot mom. He’s hilarious in every scene.
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missusmsReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Do not buy this movie if you want to see every single scene in kingpin, as many are deleted in this version 👎👎👎
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So I'm giving this review three stars because it had many of the funny scenes cut out of the movie. What the hell? How did I miss that, is there something on the movie that says many scenes were deleted? My husband was very disappointed as this is one of his favorite movies to watch for a great laugh. Price was good, but the deleted scenes really irked me. I guess I should've read the fine print.
17 people found this helpful
ArtFanReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Weird mix of dumb humor and tenderness
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On the one hand, I wouldn't say I liked this film as much as Roger Ebert did. On the other hand, I can understand why he liked it. Despite the mostly dumb humor, the movie has a genuine heartfelt respect and appreciation for people who don't have the advantages that we often come to expect (intelligence or good looks). The story is decent as well. The main problem is that there is a lot of crude humor, while witty humor is very seldom.
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J.LynnReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The entire cast is great. If you ever just want to forget about ...
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I’ve never laughed out loud so hard and for so long as I did at the final bowling match up between McCracken and Munson. THE HAIR....THE HAIR, at the end of that scene, my face hurt, my stomach hurt, I was in tears. Bill Murray is pure comedy genius. The entire cast is great. If you ever just want to forget about all your problems for a bit and laugh, I mean truly laugh out loud, please watch this film. This is not just a “dude” film. I also love The Big Lebowski.
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Garden Doug Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good script-soundtrack-humor-BD pic quality
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Good original script,soundtrack,ending, very Humorous albeit a bit off beat ~ a very rare crystal clear Blu-ray Tm disc picture clarity holding steady at the mid 30’s Mega Bits Per Second!~ over 5 minutes of credits blocking the view at the beginning of the movie & even more at the ending! Very irritating!!
Mark SReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must See Comedy
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Kingpin is one of the funniest films ever. I've seen it 3-5 times and it's still funny to me. The performances are fantastic and it feels like every scene is filled with jokes. It's movies like this that make me feel nostalgic for the good old comedy days of the 90s era. It's not often that a movie is consistently funny like this one is.
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