Combine The Color of Money with Dumb and Dumber
and you have the heart of the new movie from the Peter and Bobby
Farrelly the brothers who were also behind the later film. Much
of the scatological humor of that first film is happily absent
from Kingpin, though when it is present it succeeds with
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Harrelson is very good as Roy Munson, the bowler who loses his
hand as punishment for participating in a hustle with tour
veteran Ernie McCracken, played over the top by a smarmy Bill
Murray. Harrelson stays on firm ground in the role, finding a
center of honesty to the insanity. Michael Keaton was originally
set for the role of Munson but wound up replaced by Harrelson.
It would have been a much different movie with the manic Keaton,
and I actually think Harrelson proves himself a splendid player
of comedy. His timing is excellent, the seriousness of his
deadpan worthy of another Keaton.
of the funniest scenes are set in the Amish country where Munson
finds his bowling protégé, Ishmael, played with a innocent
goofiness by Randy Quaid. Yeah, it’s silly when Munson removes
some horse shoes in his own unique style, but it’s a joke that
plays and has legs with later references. From Amish country
it’s on the road to Las Vegas and bowling redemption for Roy.
Harrelson and Quaid on the road to Vegas is the enchanting
Vanessa Angel an actress who exudes sex appeal in every frame,
pardon the pun. Kingpin delivers an abundance of laughter with
The special edition DVD trip is worth
taking with audio commentary from the brothers Farrelly. Now,
you know they have a good time on set. The crisp anamorphic
images are colorful with lots of contrast. The bright
photography and lively production design comes through in
outstanding fashion. The Dolby Digital 5:1 surround adds a solid
crunch to the falling pins and the music is open and clear.This
Kingpin DVD rolls strike after strike
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