Kingpin

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

The tagline says “From the idiots who brug you Dumb and Dumber”…that about sums it up! This is quite honestly, one of the funniest movies that I’ve ever seen. That’s a pretty bold statement, I know, but it’s true.

Roy Munson played excellently by Woody Harrelson is a former Iowa state bowling champ who gets his bowling hand chopped off (I won’t say how, but it’s…unique). Since then (it’s been about 17 years) he has become, pretty much, a total loser. He looks like hell, has no real job and avoids his landlord whenever he can.

Roy is at a local bowling alley and “hears” a prodigy that he just knows he can take under his wing and make some big money off of. This “prodigy” is Ishmael Boorg played by Randy Quaid. Only problem is that Ishmael is Amish and what Roy wants to do, goes against everything he believes in.

After it is shown that the only way that Ishmael can help his fellow Amishmen, is to bowl and win the prize money, that’s what he does. The two head to Reno, Nevada to try and win the big bowling tournament.

As with their first movie, Kingpin, has a lot of cameo appearances (look for golfer, Brad Faxon; Roger Clemens and many professional bowlers, to name a few).

They eventually meet up with Ernie McCracken played by “Big Bad” Bill Murray (in what I think is his best role since “Caddyshack”). McCracken is the reason Munson lost his hand and has now become the “man to beat” in the Professional bowling circuit.

I don’t want to give too much away, but you won’t be disappointed, maybe grossed out, but not disappointed. If you liked “Dumb and Dumber” and/or “There’s Something About Mary” then you’ll love this. Highly recommended!

Video: How does it look?

This disc has both full frame and widescreen formats. The disc was delayed just so they could add a 16:9 widescreen version of the movie (I love MGM). According to my “Bit Rate Meter” on my new DVD player, it averages out to a 6, which isn’t that bad. I say the colors are bright and looks much better than the old laserdisc I used to own. Full-Frame is nice, too.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is used here. Most of the action is in the front and center channels. Surrounds are used a little. One thing about the Farrelley Brother’s movies, though, is that they have good musical soundtracks. The times when a song is played, it sounds awesome!

Supplements: What are the extras?

Along with deleted scenes that are added back into the movie (which I love), is a trailer, commentary by the directors and an 8-page booklet. I’m always whining about wanting commentary on a disc. Well, this one had it, and I listened to it. It is great. Most of the people in the movie are friends of the Farrelley’s. Woody is not a good bowler, Randy Quaid is and the horse in the Amish country is a camera hog! Just to give you a hint of what you have waiting!

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