Ooo’ere! Milo, that’s who. I think that’s the correct response to “Ooo’ere!”. I don’t really know. I’m starting to regret putting it in my review, oh well. I’ve made an executive decision to stop with the “Uncle” Milo bullcrap. You are very, very welcome for that.
Alright, time to do some reviewing. This is a wonderfully surreal film. Now, I use the word “surreal” very warily. Come to think of it, I think nonsensical is a better word to describe this film. This is film from The Farrelly Brothers, the same two immature eejits that gifted us such comedy classics as Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal, um… Hall Pass? The…uh… Three Stooges and, oh god no, Dumb & Dumber To. Wow. These guys should’ve stayed in the 90’s. Anywhom, this is about Kingpin, not that crap.
This film started off the “trend”, if you will, of sports comedies that are about sports that aren’t really sports. Ergo, we have this to thank for films like Dodgeball, Blades of Glory and, wait what?! Balls of Fury?! What is this?! Can I not start a list in this article, if you can call it that, without it drooping into pile of film excrement? Can I? Hmm?! No. No, I can’t. Now, this film started that trend and it started it off pretty well I must say.
The story is very nice. How lovely it is. When you think of “underdog” stories, this is a very good example of something to think about. A promising young bowling prodigy, Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson) is caught in a strange, unfortunate twist of events that leads him losing his hand, his bowling hand. 17 years later, while hanging out at a bowling alley, he finds an amish man, Ishmael (Randy Quaid), bowling with exceptional skill. After some convincing, he… uh… convinces him to enter a tournament for a half a million dollars in Reno, Nevada. This money can hopefully lead to paying off a foreclosing on the land of Ishmael’s amish community and, for Munson, no clear motive for him was really explained, unless I wasn’t really listening to that bit. Oh well, I’m sure he had his reasons. On the way, they bump into a tittacu- spec, sorry, spectacular Vanessa Angel and find themselves in a variety of ridiculous circumstances, all leading to a gripping bowl-off between Munson and the man who caused him to lose his hand, Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray).
If you’ve seen a Farrelly Brothers movie before, you know what you’re getting into, the very risky area of “gross-out” comedy. Again, as you’ll probably know if you’ve seen one of their films, The Farrellys are masters of this particular “art form”. However, there is slightly less than “There’s Something About Mary” yet more than “Dumb and Dumber”, so, hopefully, that’ll give you a reasonable idea about how much. I’ll say this though, just so you know what you’re getting into, SPOILER ALERT, I’ll give some space to avert your eyes TO THE LEFT, Woody Harrelson drink bull, umm… ah… juice, if you know what I mean, *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge*.
All in all in all in all, Kingpin is an entertaining film. Bill Murray is just worth the watch as the slimy, sly, sneaky Ernie McCracken.
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations