A star bowler whose career was prematurely “cut off” hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.


“Kingpin” is a rather dark follow-up to “Dumb and Dumber”. This is a film about bowling hustlers and living past failure. Bill Murray uses Woody Harrelson and Woody uses Randy Quaid. The tone of the film doesn’t shift until Vanessa Angel shows up to set everyone straight. Prosthetic hands and hooks go flying everywhere, while Randy Quaid gets offered an Indecent Proposal. This is the kind of fun movie that permeated cable television re-runs for the last twenty years. But, what makes it work?

Bill Murray raises his role to something on another level. Sure, Randy Quaid and Woody Harrelson play well off each other, but Murray makes you believe in the world. Ernie McCracken is the kind of self-obsessed douchebag that makes you hate amateur athletes. He believes his hype, hustles yokels and is willing to stop on everyone to get what he wants. Everyone battles and rolls their way to the Reno Tournament, so that they can win a million dollars. Ernie soaks up the limelight of such a shitty contest, but he treats it like he’s about to win the World Series and the Super Bowl wrapped up in one event. That level of cockiness mixed together with a sense of omnipotence about shit is so bizarre. Man, I love everything about this movie and I don’t know why I should sell you on it. If you’re reading this, then you know of the movie!

The Blu-Ray comes with the R-rated and theatrical versions of the film. Plus, you get a new featurette where the Farrelly Brothers talk about the film and a commentary track. The A/V Quality is sharp with a killer 1080p transfer. You also get a strong DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 10/14/2014

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