Kingpin

Year: 1996
Directed By: Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Written By: Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan

RYAN’S REVIEW

I’ve always felt there was a golden time for the comedies made by the Farrelly brothers and it was during the mid to late nineties around the time this one came out.  They had so many ridiculous but hilarious movies during that stretch.  This movie was their follow up to Dumb and Dumber and it preceded There’s Something About Mary.  The three of these movies are all crude and a bit silly but I think they were the best that these two brothers have made.  I have always been a fan of Me, Myself, and Irene as well but the sun was setting then on the type of comedy these guys make. In truth this isn’t my favorite of their films but I always find myself laughing and I tend to like it more and more each time I watch it.

This movie really isn’t all that different from Dumb and Dumber when you look at it on the surface. It’s about two idiots driving across country to get to a bowling tournament.  I think Woody Harrelson is awesome and he is one of my favorite actors but I don’t think he is really great in this movie.  I think Harrelson is better than playing such a crude and pathetic character.  I don’t find him funny so much in this one as I do desperate and desolate.  However Randy Quaid plays the Amish guy trying to adapt to the real world and I do think he is pretty funny in this movie.  I have never liked the ugly Quaid brother and have continuously found myself wondering how he managed to get so many roles over the years.  Of course he isn’t getting any now because he is in some sort of strange trouble of late.  I have paid little attention to whatever predicament he is in right now but everything I have heard has been weirder and weirder. He and his wife got themselves in some kind of legal trouble and are currently living in Canada with arrest waiting for them should they re-enter the United States.  Also peppered in the story is paranoia coming from Quaid and his wife claiming they fear for their lives from some sort of actor killing conspiracy.  It’s all rather weird and I don’t know what to make of it myself.

The funniest role in this movie has to go to one of the funniest men to ever grace the screen, Bill Murray.  Murray is just so deftly funny when allowed to do as he pleases and that is what he was allowed to do in this movie.  When filming the movie Murray would glance over the script to get a gist of what was going on and then simply winged it when the camera started rolling.  Nearly all his lines in the movie were improvised and that is where a comedian like Murray is at his best. I love the crazy hair he has in the end of the movie, it only adds to the humor of his character.  There is only one other role from this film that really matters and it’s that of Vanessa Angel.  She never really quite made it as a successful actress but geez what a smoking hot woman. She is merely sex appeal in this movie and she does a great job of looking really sexy.  When I was a young teenager I would often watch her on the television show Weird Scienceand I really liked seeing her in this film.

If you are a big fan of bowling, and/or crude and pervasive sexual comedy then this is the movie for you.  I think it’s really funny and I specifically think there are a few noteworthy performances that make it worth your time.  If you’re Amish, I’d steer clear but otherwise take the R rating into consideration when thinking about this one.  All in all though I would say that it is worth your time. Nothing significant here, just plain old dirty and perverted fun.

AMBER’S REVIEW

I absolutely do NOT care what anyone says about this movie, I love it. I think you can’t go wrong when a movie has both Woody and Bill. (Do I really need to say their last names?) This movie is funny. It makes no sense, really in the scheme of things, but even still it is a really funny movie. I have loved it for as long as I can remember.

kingpin

I can’t take this seriously. I mean [in my best Amy Poehler voice] really? The chick is bending over and it’s not even proportional  Ok I don’t even care. You guys, I love this movie and this poster is crazy ridiculously BAD, but I just don’t care. I love this stupid movie.

NEXT MOVIE: Knight and Day (2010)

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